Brighton has been awarded the title of the train station of the year for cyclists

A new record has been set as 38 million journeys combining bicycle and train have been made in the UK in the last year.

The rise in the figure is thought to be through more people part-cycling on their work commute, as well as an increased popularity in people taking their bike on a train to reach a riding destination.

The news came at the 2015 National Cycle Rail Awards, which also announced that the number of cycle parking spaces at the country’s train stations have increased from 25,000 to 63,000; that number is set to be 75,000 by 2017.

“The record growth in people using cycles as part of their rail journeys during the last year would not have been possible without the dedication, determination and joint working of train operators, Network Rail and our partners both inside and outside the rail industry,” said Paul Plummer, CEO of the Association of Train Operating Companies and the Rail Delivery Group.

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Robert Goodwill, the transport minister, said: “Travel by bike and train has never been more popular, with the improved cycling provision at railway stations helping passengers make greener choices for longer journeys.


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“Thanks to government spending we have more cycle spaces at stations than ever before and it’s great to see how innovative and ambitious the industry can be to encourage even more rail passengers to get on their bikes.”

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The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group-hosted awards, which are judged by cycling stakeholders and campaign groups, named Brighton at the station of the year.

Northern Rail was awarded for its integrated approach to cycling in Greater Manchester; Arriva Train Wales was applauded for its improvement to cycle provision at Chester Railway Station; and British Transport Police were awarded for ‘Operation Lock-It’.

£14.5m of Government funding is still to be spent on improving cycle facilities at railway stations, as announced in March.

  • The Awakening

    DT,
    Know how you feel. When Branson introduced the new ‘Pedal-no’s’ and scrapped the old intercity trains that had much better bike provision, we have what we have today…

  • bob Sweet

    63,000 bike parking spaces multiplied by 365 days = 22,995,000 say 23 million compared with 38 million journeys means we don’t have enough bike parking at the stations. I have to say my eyes say there are plenty of bike parking stations at most places, so maybe the numbers are wrong somewhere. OK some people take the bike with them on the train so maybe that is part of it.

  • DT

    They should do a list for all train stations and companies that are useless for cyclists.
    My vote goes to Virgin Trains and their scummy 2 or 3 bikes per train. Hopeless. You have trains that run the near length of the country but only allow 2 bikes. S**t!