East Midlands Trains has welcomed the Transport Minister’s announcement that almost £2 million has been committed to further improve cycling facilities on its network.
The Stagecoach-owned rail operator has already significantly invested to improve cycling facilities through the installation of hundreds of additional secure spaces, and the Government funding will allow further improvements to be rolled out for passengers.
The funding allocated will allow dedicated new cycle hubs to be installed at Leicester and Nottingham stations, representing a total cost of £1.2 million. The hubs will include secure cycle storage as well as changing rooms and a cycle hire facility.
An investment of £350,000 will also be made to enhance the existing cycle hub at Sheffield station to create a flagship centre with bike hire, lockers and changing facilities.
The remainder of the funding will be used on further enhancements to Nottingham and Sheffield and the introduction of bike hire facilities at Derby.
Jonny Wiseman, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “The announcement about cycle funding is great news for our passengers. It will allow us to build even further on the multi million pound improvements already made at Leicester and Sheffield stations, and will allow us to further enhance Nottingham’s Hub redevelopment scheme with the addition of a new dedicated cycle hub.
“We have been working closely with Network Rail and the local authorities in each of our key cities on developing improved cycling facilities at the stations. We will be able to finalise the arrangements for each station in the next few weeks.”