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Integrated cycle rail travel gets a boost with £30m funding

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We’re not sure about the political timing of this announcement given the recent momentum of The Times’ Cities fit for Cycling campaign but the Government has today announced a £30m package of cycle parking and route developments linked to integrated transport links.

Over 7,500 new cycle spaces at railway stations and 38 new and improved routes have been agreed as part of the £30m funding package. The developments mostly benefits cyclists using train stations to part commute to work but there are also some projects that are funded that enhance existing transport links.

The Department for Transport has worked closely with the Association of Train Operating Companies, UK transport charity Sustrans, the Cycle Rail Working Group and local councils to design and approve the 68 projects to provide better access for cyclists and pedestrians in England.

The overall funding for these projects will be £15m from the £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund plus the £15m of funding given to Sustrans and the Cycle Rail Working Group that was announced by the Department of Transport on February 7.

The funding complements £7m that Network Rail is investing to improve cycle facilities across England. This is going towards updating and creating new facilities at stations up and down the network, and includes £1.5m for cycle hubs at Liverpool Lime Street, Sheffield, London Victoria and London Waterloo.

Cycling hubs

A number of the projects include the development of cycle hubs across key train stations.

At Cambridge train station, which has had an on-going cycle parking problem, a ‘cycle hub’ will be created offering cycle storage for up to 3,000 bikes. Commuters will also be able to hire bikes, purchase new cycles while also checking your bicycle into the ‘bike doctor’ for a full MOT. Bolton and Manchester will also be getting cycle hubs at their train stations.

Train station cycle provision

Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies said the funds announced by the Government were welcome.

“Train companies and the rail industry as a whole recognise the important role cycling plays in our growing railway and the Cycle Rail Working Group has been working hard on how we can improve cycle-rail provision further.

“This money is a real boost to the group’s work and is good news for passengers. It will allow the industry to extend and develop cycling facilities across the country, offering more people a low-cost and environmentally friendly way to get to and from the station.”


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