Boost for cyclists at rail stations

Cycling facilities at train stations are to get a £15 million Government boost.

The government is to invest £15 million in cycling facilities at train stations
The government is to invest £15 million in cycling facilities at train stations

The improvements will make it easier for people to ride bicycles and use trains by providing more and better cycle parking and other cycle-friendly facilities at railway stations, helping cut pollution and ease congestion on the roads.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced the funding as she officially opened the new £850,000 Sheffield Cycle Hub - a flagship facility that provides 415 bike spaces alongside changing rooms and repair facilities at the city's train station.

She said: "When people take rail journeys they need to know how they will get to and from the station.

"We are transforming cycling facilities at stations up and down the country to make it easier to choose the bike for the journey to the station. That is why we are providing this new funding."

Cycle Rail Working Group chairman Philip Darnton said: "It is great to receive such welcome news from the Government at the opening of such a great facility."