As more people turn to cycling as both ‘green’ transport and a way to keep fit, Greater Anglia is improving cycle parking at four stations – including building a secure cycle compound at Cambridge North, following customer feedback.
The existing cycle parking area will be part fenced and fitted with new CCTV cameras. The company will also install additional double tier cycle racks. Cambridgeshire County Council is contributing to this project.
In addition, a total of 75 extra cycle spaces are being installed at Cheshunt, Rye House and Ipswich stations. These projects have been made possible by funding from the Cycle Rail Programme from Sustrans and the Department for Transport with additional financial contributions from Cambridgeshire County Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Suffolk County Council.
Design works on the additional facilities will start soon and the projects are due to be completed by the end of March 2021.
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, said: “We are committed to supporting green transport and environmental initiatives across our region.
“More people are choosing to live in our region and travel by train, we are seeing increasing numbers of people cycling to stations so we’re keen to expand our cycling facilities, especially as it helps people to minimise their carbon footprint for the entire length of their journeys. Since the start of lockdown, the number of people cycling in our region has soared, and the new facilities will help welcome people back to the railway.
“We would like to thank Sustrans, Department for Transport, Cambridge County Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Suffolk County Council for making these projects possible.”