Merseyrail to Be Flagship ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ Provider

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis has launched a major £14m package to transform facilities for cyclists at rail stations and encourage healthier, greener travel. Although Chester will not become one of the new ‘Cycle Hubs’, local cyclists will benefit from Merseyrail’s inclusion in the new ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ scheme.

Over the next two years a series of measures, including ‘Cycle Hubs’ at 10 major rail stations and 10,000 extra cycle parking spaces across the country will be introduced by Government, Network Rail, Cycling England and train operators. The new cycle hubs will include extra cycle storage facilities, repair services, hire schemes and improved cycle access to and from the stations.

The projects announced include:

– £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.

This announcement follows the Government’s commitment in June for £5m to be spent over the next two years to improve cycle storage facilities at up to ten major railway stations nationwide, including in London. Due to the quality of the response to this announcement, the funding has now been doubled to £10m.

The announcement of the ‘Bike ‘n’ Ride’ operating companies takes forward the recommendation from the Cycle Rail Task Force as a way to improve bike and rail integration.

2 Comments

  1. I am having a bit of bother currently with kids on bikes on local trains. It usually takes the form of kids sitting astride their bikes and blocking the doors and passageways. Today, for instance, 2 were blocking the doors as they sat astride their bikes with the intention of riding off the train at their stop. This does not mean that the next stop is their stop. I requested that they get off the bikes so that they could move them out of the way but the response I got suggested that at least 1 of the boys ( say 12 yrs old ) has a future as a lawyer. It did not end well. There are designated areas to put bikes and I suppose that this is a bit too much trouble. Merseyrail have a declared policy of welcoming bikes but surely there is an expectation of reasonable practical behaviour to allow both bikes and foot traffic to co-exist.

  2. Train operating companies, with the honourable exception of Merseyrail, really do need to address their policies for the carriage of bicycles if “Bike ‘n’ Ride is to have any real impact. The limits placed on the number of cycles that can be booked and carried on any given service are very restrictive and certainly do little to encourage cyclists to use rail as a viable alternative to supplement either commuting or leisure cycling. I appreciate that increasing numbers may mean expenditure on adaptation of rolling stock but am not convinced that this is being considered with sufficient urgency in future travel plans.

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