Baroness Kramer is calling for nearly 2,000 more bike parking spaces to be created at Oxford Station, which currently only has room for 600

Liberal Democrat peer and minister of state for Transport, Baroness Kramer, has backed calls for a cycle hub to be built at Oxford railway station.

According to The Herald, the conservative-led authority plans to double the number of parking spaces for bikes at the station, from 600 to 1,200, in a £75m redevelopment.

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But Baroness Kramer says the plans should aim for 2,500 spaces to accommodate more of the city’s cyclists.

“You only have to look at Oxford station to see there are bikes everywhere,” she said. “I am hoping that the plan that comes forward does not just accommodate what is there and instead recognises that when you put in new facilities people will start using them.”

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Cycle hubs have been built at several stations around the UK, including Sheffield and Brighton, with Norwich also planning to improve its facilities. At these stations a cycling repair facility, changing rooms and improved parking facilities have been installed.