Southern has introduced its first ever double deck cycle rack at Hove station.
The new 2 Tier System holds 117 cycles in the same footprint as the old rack – an increase of 57 parking spaces.
The rack was funded by Network Rail with Southern Railway and Brighton & Hove Council working in partnership to create a superb new facility for Southern’s cycling passengers.
Robert Sue, commercial scheme sponsor, Network Rail, said: “The new bike racks at Hove station are safe, secure and easy to use. This is a great example of the rail industry’s commitment to improving cycling facilities at stations across Britain, which we hope will encourage passengers to combine these environmentally-friendly forms of transport, which in turn will help relieve congestion on the roads and on other forms of public transport.”
Southern’s Project Manager, Paul Best said: “We are delighted with the new rack. It’s innovative in its design and is well used by our cycling passengers. They have commented on how pleased they are with the new parking and, as a result, we are now looking at stations where this kind of facility would be of tremendous benefit to our passengers.”
Brighton & Hove City Council’s cycling champion councillor Tony Janio said: “This is a great new facility and will make it easier for those who wish to cycle and use the train to travel around. Cycling has increased by 27% in the city since 2006 and continues to be a popular travel choice for residents.”
The old cycle rack was donated to the Brighton YMCA.
Southern has plans to extend the two-tier system to other stations on its network.