UK cyclists to get 10,000 extra parking spaces at stations

Government unveils plans to 'put cycling at the heart of transport policy'.
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Hundreds of train stations are to be fitted with secure parking spaces for bicycles as part of a £14 million transport initiative.

The 10,000 new spaces will be monitored by CCTV and will be accessible using a swipe card system.

Furthermore, so-called 'cycle hubs' - reported first here on BikeBiz.com earlier in the year - will be created at ten main stations - Waterloo, Victoria, St Pancras, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Liverpool Lime Street - offering repairs, bike hire and other services.

It's all part of a move to get people to drop their cars in favour of pedal power - the Department for Transport wants 2.5 million more people cycling regularly.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis was converted to the bike-parking-at-stations cause during a visit to Leiden in the Netherlands, a few months ago.

Watch this video for an earlier Parliamentary fact-finding study tour of the bike-rail facilities in the Netherlands.

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