Going Going Bike

Nov 052011

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) this week celebrated the work done by train companies, associated industry groups and individuals across the country to encourage the combined use of cycle and rail travel.

In a sign of the increased activity to make the bicycle more accessible on the nation’s train network, ATOC’s annual National Cycle Rail Awards saw a record number of entries to the Awards for 2011.

Operator of the year

This train operator of the year was South West Trains (SWT). South West Trains has improved cycle access fo its passengers by introducing 1,500 additional cycle spaces, three cycle hire schemes and installing six new secure cycle compounds across its stations.

On top of this, SWT has launched in combination with Brompton Bicycle, the Brompton Bike Dock, a solar-powered vending machine where Bromptons are available for hire, at Guildford station. We brought the first news of this scheme back in July. The Dock is a pilot scheme that will be rolled out to other train companies if successful.

More success for SWT

In a further recognition of SWT’s efforts, the company’s executive Phil Dominey, who led the successful first Brompton bike hire pilot scheme at Waterloo, was jointly named cycle and rail travelling Cycling Champion.

He shared the honour with Northern Rail’s Ian Hall, who set up the first UK school cycle registration scheme and Summer Series of bike events to promote Northern’s new Bike ‘n’ Ride facilities.

Other winners in their categories included:
- Best Customer Service (sponsored by Brompton Dock) – Winner: Merseyrail
- Best Local Government Scheme – Winner: Eastleigh Borough Council
- Innovation (sponsored by First Group) – Winner: Leeds Cycle Point
- Station of the Year – Winner: York Station, East Coast
- Best Station Travel Plan Measure for Cycling – Winner: Purley Station Travel Plan
- Partnership Working (sponsored by Abellio) – Winner: Northern Rail

Looking to improve

ATOC said it wanted to encourage the greater use of cycling to access the railways and train companies were constantly looking for ways to work with local individuals and cycling groups to improve access, security, and information for cyclists using the railways.

ATOC Chief Executive Michael Roberts said: “Train companies and the rail industry as a whole are committed to improving and developing cycle-rail provision, as cycling plays an ever more important role in Britain’s growing railway.”

“The consistently high standard of entries reflects a real commitment to improving facilities which both help those who have already decided to cycle, and encourage more people to opt for ‘saddle and train’.”

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