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Recent further funding will mean commuting by bike is easier in 2019

Posted: 2 January 2019 | | No comments yet

Across the UK, commuting by bike will be easier and safer in 2019 as new facilities are set up at stations to improve access for cyclists.

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In the latest series of funding boosts, £1.6 million of government investment has been dedicated to helping people make cycling a seamless part of their daily journey.

The Cycle Rail Programme – which has already been backed by almost £36 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) – is allowing cyclists to make their journeys to work as connected and sustainable as possible, and this further funding will extend the benefits, enabling more people to cycle directly to their station and lock their bike securely.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “Improving cycling access to railway stations is good for cyclists and good for rail users, whether they’re commuters or tourists – and it has terrific knock-on benefits, improving air quality, reducing obesity and increasing economic productivity.

“That’s the purpose of the government’s Cycle Rail Programme. Some £36 million has been invested to date, and I’m delighted we can now raise this by another £1.6 million.”

The programme has already improved access to stations for cyclists through a number of initiatives, including cycle hire schemes, brand new footpaths and safe and secure cycle parking.

There has also been improvements to infrastructure for cyclists in and around railway stations – for example a new cycle path in Buckinghamshire, which links Aylesbury Station and the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor.

The programme has already tripled the number of cycle parking spaces at over 500 stations across the UK, bringing the total to over 80,000. This includes the creation of Dutch-style cycle parking hubs at major centres – for example, over 1,100 spaces in St Albans and almost 3,000 spaces at Cambridge station.

The funding is available to Train Operating Companies and the DfT will be writing to them in the near future to outline the application process.

On behalf of the Walking and Cycling Alliance, Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans, said: “Everyone should be able to easily access their railway station by bicycle or on foot. This helps people make a healthy start to their journey while reducing local road congestion and car emissions. The increased funding is very much welcome as it will help integrate more train journeys with cycling by improving cycle parking and contributing to safe routes for all to use.”

The programme is in support of a 2017 manifesto commitment to upgrade facilities for cyclists at railway stations. It is just one of a number of ongoing government measures designed to encourage safe cycling and walking among all age groups.

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