Train operator Great Western Railway has opened a new bicycle hub at Newbury station for 230 bikes, with capacity for another 100 by the end of the year.
The £1.2m facilities, funded with the support of the Department for Transport and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will increase bicycle parking at the station by more than 300%, significantly improving access once travel restrictions are eased.
The new cycle hub on Platform 1 will provide 180 new spaces in two-tier racks, with additional cycle stands adjacent to the pavement providing a further 50 spaces.
The cycle hub is fitted with CCTV for added security, environmentally- friendly motion-sensor LED lighting and a bike repair stand.
A second cycle hub is proposed for Platform 2, providing an extra 176 spaces, and is due to be available to station users towards the end of the year – providing a total of more than 300 extra bike spaces.
Pangbourne & Whitchurch Sustainability Group conducted a survey of cycling in and around the village during February, March and April. More than 200 cyclists responded to the questionnaire which provided a great deal of information. The full results and analysis of the data will be ready for our next newsletter.
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