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Bike ‘n’ Ride: Nottingham to receive investment to make it easier to bike to the railway station

September 30, 2009

A day or so ago, transport secretary Lord Adonis announced a £14m package to improve cycle access at railway stations.  The aim of the new scheme (snappily titled “Bike ‘n’ Ride”) is to encourage more people to cycle to railways stations; something that only 2% of train passengers currently do.  If you’ve ever tried to integrate cycling with catching a train, you’ll probably know that (with some honourable exceptions – I’m thinking of Cambridge, Ely and possibly York) it’s quite tricky.  It’s also tricky to actually get your bike onto a train.

The projects announced include the following:

–  £5m for fully supervised cycle hubs, offering a range of facilities for cyclists including secure covered parking, cycle hire, information, retail and repair at 10 stations. These include Leeds station (which will be completed by May next year) and London St Pancras, London Victoria, London Waterloo, Grimsby, Hull, Liverpool Lime Street, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and York (all to be opened within the next 2 years).

–  £3m for over 4500 additional cycle park spaces at nearly 350 stations across the country, including Nottingham, Stevenage, Cambridge, Exeter, Scarborough, Sunderland, Barrow-in-Furness, Crewe and Middlesbrough.

–  £4m from Cycling England for four Train Operating Companies – Merseyrail, Northern Rail, South West Trains and Virgin Trains – to transform the cycling facilities up and down their network to become flagship ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ train operating companies.

–  £2m which will improve cycle access at rail stations to ensure that bike users can get to and from the station conveniently and safely, and to improve cycle facilities across the rail network as opportunities are identified.

Further details on what Nottingham might actually developed are thin on the ground, but it is pleasing to see that Nottingham station will be well-integrated for cyclists, as well as for tram and bus users.  For more details, see the press release.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2009 4:34 pm

    Thanks for this Nicola – good to see attempts being made to address an everyday bugbear for public transport users.

    Large-scale redevelopment of Nottingham station area has been in pipeline for long time. More details on ‘The Hub’ are here.

    Always rather depressing to see cyclists turned away from busy trains as they’re undoubtedly *doing the right thing*. Having said that, there are obviously practical issues re the no of bikes you can fit on a train.

    Interested to know if there are any plans to integrate a bike-sharing scheme such as that introduced in Paris. Although that has been v successful, there have been a few problems as well

  2. Jonny Gutteridge permalink*
    October 1, 2009 10:49 am

    I occasionally take my bike on the train when I attend meetings in other cities and the experience is pretty mixed. On a trip to Newark recently I was pleasantly surprised by the onboard cycle rack, which for once wasn’t positioned at one end of the train. I’m afraid my normal experience is a dash to one end, fingers crossed that there’ll be space for my bike and no hassle with the guard. One fairly straightforward improvement that the train companies could make is to enable online booking and reservations for bikes. Currently, to my knowledge, train companies either say you can’t make a reservation or require you to call an obscure phone number. Taking the uncertainty out of the experience would certainly encourage me to travel this way more often.

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