Cyclists using Diss rail station are set to benefit from improved cycle parking – with the number of cycle spaces increased by 480 per cent.
Cycle parking capacity at the station has increased from 20 spaces to 96, thanks to the installation of 72 new cycle racks and a 24-space secure cycle storage area.
The secure area can only be accessed with one of Greater Anglia’s Smart Cards which are available from the ticket office for an annual fee of £25. Spaces will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
The new cycle storage facilities are part of a programme of works by Greater Anglia which has seen around 1,000 additional cycle parking spaces installed across the network to encourage more eco-friendly travel options to and from its stations.
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, and before the pandemic we were seeing increasing numbers of people cycling to stations. As people return to rail, 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.
“We want to make sure cyclists are able to leave their bikes at the station safely while they travel with us so we are pleased to have installed this secure facility and additional parking at Diss.”
Additional spaces have also already been installed at Marks Tey, Bishop’s Stortford, Dullingham and Whittlesford Parkway stations, with works progressing at Audley End, Braintree, Manningtree, March, Newmarket, Elsenham, Southend Victoria and Rochford stations.