The Department of Transport has just announced an extra 2,300 cycle spaces to be built at 48 stations across England, enabling commuters to cycle directly to the station and lock up their bike securely.
The investment is part of the Cycle Rail Programme, which is backed by over £40 million of government funding. The programme has enabled tens of thousands of cyclists to make their journeys to work joined up and sustainable.
The awards coincide with Cycling UK’s National Bike Week, which raises awareness of different cycling options to get as many people as possible on their bikes. As part of the week, the government has already launched the refreshed Cycle to Work scheme, providing employees with a tax exemption to access adapted bikes and e-bikes, making it easier to have a greener commute.
A list of the 48 stations just awarded funding, which include a number in South West England, can be found at this LINK.
The Cycle Rail programme has tripled the number of cycle parking spaces at more than 500 stations, bringing the total to over 80,000.
This includes the creation of integrated cycle hubs at key railway stations, including at Hove, where 150 additional bike spaces with secure key card access and CCTV have been provided, alongside a cycle maintenance, hire and repair business.
At Preston, cyclist access to the station has been improved by the completion of a cycle path alongside a cycle hub, providing safe parking for more than 200 bikes.