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Cyclists using Nottingham train station will now have access to state of the art cycling facilities following the completion of a £600,000 scheme to deliver a bespoke cycling hub.
Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Transport, officially opened the new cycle hub today (Monday 23, May) along with Jonny Wiseman Head of Customer Experience Delivery for East Midlands Trains.
The hub, delivered through funding awarded by the Association of Train Operating Companies in partnership with the Department for Transport has delivered significantly improved facilities for cyclists using the station.
The new facility, situated within the car park building and accessible via Queens Road has:
Fobs are available for £10 each and cyclists who purchase a fob for Nottingham cycle hub can also benefit from using other hubs at Derby, Kettering, Leicester, Loughborough and Sheffield.
Since 2012, East Midlands Trains has installed about 1500 bike spaces at stations across the East Midlands Trains network.
The project provides a much improved environment for cyclists using the station, with access to safe and secure storage. With the introduction of the new cycle shop, Russell’s Cycles, owners can also arrange to have their bikes serviced while they are at work. Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill said: “Secure cycle spaces at rail stations are critical to make cycling the natural choice for short journeys. The fantastic facilities at Nottingham will help get more people on bikes, improving health and cutting congestion. With the number of people cycling to catch trains soaring by 40 per cent since 2010, we are ensuring stations keep up with demand. We have provided £29million to improve facilities at hundreds of railway stations across England since 2012 and will continue investing in dedicated routes and better infrastructure to make cycling safer and easier."
Jonny Wiseman, Head of Customer Experience Delivery for East Midlands Trains said: “Good cycle facilities are vital for people choosing to travel to the station by bike. With nearly seven million passenger journeys through Nottingham station every year, these facilities provide a welcome boost to people choosing to use this green, sustainable mode of transport to get to the station. With more than 220 train services departing from Nottingham every day, approximately 14 trains per hour passengers can feel confident leaving their cycles knowing that they will be safe, secure and protected until they return.”
The cycle hub is part of a planned programme of improvements at Nottingham station that began in 2011.
Previous improvements at the station include: