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Improved Sheffield Cycle Hub officially opened today
The new and improved Sheffield Cycle Hub has been officially opened today (Monday 18 July) following a major expansion.
The facility was officially opened by Darren Ward, Head of Drivers for East Midlands Trains and a keen cyclist; Philip Darnton, Chair of the Cycle Rail Working Group and Executive Director of the Bicycle Association and Conrad Haigh, Head of Integrated Transport at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).
The hub was funded and delivered by East Midlands Trains and the Association of Train Operating Companies, supporting RDG, in partnership with the Department for Transport, and significantly improves the cycle facilities at the station which were used by just over 9million customers in 2014/15.
The second level of the Sheffield Cycle Hub provides more than 150 extra cycle spaces, taking the total number across the station to around 600 spaces. The improved hub facilities also include a customer lift and cycle ramp to help customers push their bike up to the new mezzanine level.
The Cycle Hub continues to offer secure entry, CCTV and Russell’s Bicycle Shed.
Darren Ward, Head of Drivers for East Midlands Trains, is a keen cyclist and has organised many charity cycle rides, said: “Since opening Sheffield Cycle Hub in 2014, it has gone from strength to strength and is now an extremely popular facility for our customers. So, it is great news to be here today and opening an extension to the hub, offering lots of extra spaces while also keeping the secure access and the ever popular Russell’s Bicycle Shed.”
Phillip Darnton said: “As chair of the Cycle Rail Working Group I was present at the original opening of the Sheffield Cycle Hub. It was a very well-designed, practical and convenient facility, with space for 400 bikes. A great achievement- and yet within a couple of years, we are here again to open more than 150 extra spaces.
“It’s a testimony to the commitment of East Midlands Trains to the promotion of cycling to the station, and demonstrates that high quality cycle parking really does encourage more and more people to ride a bike, rather than go by car, as part of their door to door journey. How long will it be before we are back again for yet more cycle parking spaces?”
Conrad Haigh, RDG Head of Integrated Transport, said: “This is a fantastic facility, and East Midlands Trains should be very proud of how it will improve the experience for customers. Cycle-rail use has grown by 14million journeys a year since 2010, thanks to facilities like this one. RDG is a key player in the Cycle Rail Working Group and together we are aiming to triple cycle parking facilities at stations from 2010 levels to 75,000 cycle parking spaces in 2017.”
For more information about cycling facilities at East Midlands Trains stations, visit http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/travelling-with-us/Cycles/Cycle-Hubs/For more information about the RDG go to www.raildeliverygroup.com