Local cyclists are now benefitting from new facilities at East Midlands Trains stations, creating over 1000 extra cycle spaces at stations
throughout the East Midlands Trains network, as part of a commitment by the train operator to make it easier for passengers to access stations using environmentally friendly transport.
The new spaces, which underpin a commitment to integrated travel, are currently being introduced at a number of stations across the East Midlands Trains network including: Sheffield (over 400 spaces), Leicester (over 400 spaces), Chesterfield (50 spaces), Lincoln (40 spaces), Skegness (17 spaces), Alfreton (12 spaces), Mansfield (12 spaces), Wellingborough (10 spaces), Kettering (6 spaces), Market Harborough (6 spaces), Matlock (5 spaces) and Bottesford (2 spaces).
Sheffield and Leicester station users will also benefit from new changing facilities and a cycle repair shop, making it more convenient for cyclists
to cycle and go on a train.
Neil Micklethwaite, Commercial and Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Not all commuters are able to cycle directly to
work, but many might be able to travel part of the way by bike. We believe by providing an additional 1000 cycling spaces, we will encourage more
people to cut down on their reliance on cars and consider alternative methods of transport when travelling to and from our stations. We know that
door-to-door journey times are a key factor for most people when deciding which mode of transport to use and there is a case to be made for how
cycling, when well integrated at either end of a train trip, can help reduce overall travel times.
We’re committed to improving access to our stations for all users, and the new cycle facilities are part of a £10 million station investment programme that is delivering improvements right across our network”.
The cycling project is due for completion by Summer 2014.