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Integrated transport boost for rail and cycling

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East Midlands Trains Streetpod

Integrated transport linking the railways with cycling can only happen with investment and this area has traditionally been one area where sadly money has been lacking.

UK train operator East Midlands Trains, which operates the route from London’s St Pancras to Sheffield has been proactive than most in recent years and has stepped up its investment again to put in 200 new bike parking spaces across its network of stations to encourage more people to cycle and use the rail network to commute.

Commitment to integrated travel

David Horne, Commercial and Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, told us that his company was committed to encourage more people to cut down on their reliance on cars and consider alternative methods of transport when travelling to and from their stations.

“We know that door-to-door journey times are a key factor for most people when deciding which mode of transport to use and there is a case to be made for how cycling, when well integrated at either end of a train trip, can help reduce overall travel times.”

New £10m investment in cycle parking

East Midlands Trains has installed the innovatively designed Streetpods and Cyclepods parking bays across a number of stations on its network at a cost of £10m this month. The Streetpods secures the bike frame and both wheels with a single lock, while the Cyclepods which allow space for 16 bikes to be parked vertically under umbrella-shaped shelters. The Cyclepods design offers two separate locking points per cycle and secures 8 bikes in a two meter diameter.

The Streetpods parking furniture have been introduced at the following stations:

Alsager (2) Ancaster (2), Blythe Bridge (2) Boston (8) Collingham (4) Hucknall (6) Heckington (4), Kettering (4) Kidsgrove (6), Leicester (6), Lincoln (10), Long Eaton (4), Longport (2) Longton (2), Mansfield (3), Market Harborough (8), Metheringham (6), Newark Castle (10), Ruskington (2), Spalding (8), Sleaford (4), Spondon (4), Saxilby (4), Stamford (2), Sutton Parkway (10), Swinderby (2), Whatstandwell (3) Wainfleet (4). Derby station has benefitted from two Cyclepods installations.

Streetpods and Cyclepods are manufactured and distributed by Kent-based company Cyclepods.

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