New secure cycle parking opens at Nottingham railway station
NEW bike parking bays at Nottingham railway station will make it more accessible to train users, it is claimed.
The Cycle Hub will provide 92 spaces for bikes – 38 more than previously catered for at the station.
Right path: From left, Hugh McClintock, of Pedals, Joanna Ward, from Sustrans, and councillor Jane Urquhart at the new Cycle Hub at Nottingham train station. Picture by Shawn Ryan C210710sr2-1
It will allow short and long-stay parking that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be well lit and monitored by CCTV.
The hub has been built in the old "Milk Dock" area of the station, with the entrance being from Station Street.
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It will provide a convenient way for people to get on to the railway station platforms and the NET tram line.
It is also on the busy cross-city cycle route with easy access to other local cycle routes, including the Big Track and the Southside cycle network.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for transport and area working at Nottingham City Council, was at the official launch yesterday.
She said: "This new Cycle Hub offers a safe, quality, accessible space with direct connections to the station, NET terminus, taxi waiting areas and local bus routes."
Nottingham City Council, Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and East Midlands Development Agency were all involved in the project.
Karl Nevitt, route manager for East Midlands Trains in Notts, said: "Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for all rail users to access our stations and trains.
"We hope the new cycle facility will encourage even more people to travel by train."
Hugh McClintock, of Greater Nottingham cycle campaign group Pedals, said: "I think it is very important because demand for cycle parking at the station has gone up over recent years and people are put off using the current provision because it is not as secure."
He hoped some provision would still be made for short-term cycle parking at the front of the station.
Mrs Urquhart was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Transport at the Transport Times National Transport Awards in Manchester on July 15.
She said: "I am delighted that Nottingham City Council has been recognised for our joined up approach to public transport strategies, from planning to operation."