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· £2.5 million investment in cycle hubs
· Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester Stations to benefit from plans
· Free, secure hubs will be accessed using smartcards
· Improvements to drop off and taxi area also planned
Today, (Monday 10 March), East Midlands Trains has begun work to install a new state-of-the-art cycle hub at Sheffield station.
The work is part of a multi-million pound scheme to install cycle hubs at three of the company's largest stations. Works are already underway at Leicester station with attention turning to Nottingham this summer as part of the wider Nottingham station hub redevelopment scheme.
All three cycle hubs will be completed by the end of Summer 2014.
The cycle hubs, which are being delivered as part of a £2.5m investment by East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and the Department for Transport will be available free of charge* to cyclists and will be accessible using a smartcard.
As well as offering secure storage for bikes, they will also contain changing facilities, toilets, bike repair tools and local cycling information for customers.
At Sheffield, for those accessing the station from the Supertram entrance, an additional mini hub will be built in between platform 6/8.
For cyclists wanting to get their bikes serviced or repaired or for anyone wanting to hire a bike, Russell’s Bicycle Shed will also be opening in conjunction with the cycle hub in May.
Improvements will also be made to the access arrangements for taxis, cars and cyclists. The current port cochere area which is used as a customer drop off area will become the taxi rank. The staff car park adjacent to platform 1, opposite Q Park, will become a dedicated drop off and pick up area for customers and will also contain a short stay car park for customer use. This will improve the customer experience and make the interchange safer for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.
Jonny Wiseman, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains said: “These fantastic new facilities will deliver great improvements for those choosing to come to our stations on their bikes. When the work is completed in the summer, we will have doubled our storage capacity to more than 2500 spaces across the network.
“The improvements will not only benefit cyclists, as the scheme will also deliver improvements to the drop off and taxi areas. By introducing both a dedicated taxi area at the front of the station and a separate drop off zone for passengers it will be easier and safer for all to use.”
The works are expected to last for about 12 weeks and disruption will be kept to a minimum. Any changes to current arrangements will be advertised in advance at the station and extra staff will be on hand to assist customers.
From today, temporary parking for cyclists will be located on platform 1.