Transport for Wales set to make significant investment in cycle storage spaces
The investment includes funds to increase and improve cycle storage spaces, making them more accessible and secure.
Transport for Wales (TfW) is set to prove its commitment to to promoting active travel by making a significant investment in cycle storage spaces at stations across Wales and England.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen public transport ridership fall dramatically, leading to a sudden spike in the number of people choosing to cycle and walk. As such, the pandemic has accelerated the need for more active travel facilities to encourage walking and cycling for key workers on core routes.
The investment is part of TfW’s Station Improvement Vision, and will see the transport authority for Wales creating hundreds of cycle storage spaces at 247 stations over the course of the next few years.
TfW will be working closely with partners including Sustrans Cymru and local authorities throughout Wales to deliver these improvements. Active Travel is a fundamental part of TfW’s plans to create an integrated transport network, linking all modes of travel and providing an accessible and affordable service.
TfW will also upgrade existing cycle storage with a focus on making it more accessible and secure.
Commenting on the coming investment, Lee Waters, Deputy Transport Minister for Wales, said: “We need to make journeys as seamless as possible – having excellent walking and cycling access and facilities is an important part of this. We continue to work towards a better integrated transport network and this is another step in the right direction. Coronavirus has seen more people cycling and I hope to see this maintained once we are able to loosen travel restrictions.”
Meanwhile, James Price, Transport for Wales’ CEO, said: “At TfW our goal has always been to transform transport for the people of Wales and improve the customer experience. We are creating a transport network that is fully integrated and active travel is a key part of this. We are working with our partners to create more active travel routes and we’ve already started increasing the number of cycle storage spaces at our stations.
“COVID-19 has had a direct impact on public transport and active travel will play a very important part in our recovery and how people move around in the future.”