A proposed £300,000 cycle hub at Dorking Station has been branded a waste of money, with critics claiming extra bike-parking spaces are not needed and the costs of the work were over-estimated
John Meudell of the Mole Valley Cycle Forum told the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser that almost 40 per cent of the current spaces go unused, meaning 200 extra spaces would be superfluous.
The upgrade is part of a £1.5m upgrade project across 15 stations on the Southern network with money coming from a government fund and £30,000 from Surrey County Council.
"We'll have 200 bike spaces on top of the 40 per cent [about 50 spaces] spare already," Mr Meudell said. "By my calculation it would take 50 years to fill it up and there's enough parking there for another five to eight years already.
"On the bike repair we've already got six bike shops within six kilometres and one in town within one kilometre."
Southern Rail says the new hub will provide secure key access to the parking facilities, a repair and maintenance centre and cycle hire.
Spokesman Chris Hudson told the Advertiser: "Southern is committed to improving station facilities wherever possible for the benefit of our passengers.
"Improved cycle facilities are very much part of that commitment, and since 2009, we have introduced over 6,000 additional cycle parking spaces across our network, with plans for many more.
"Cycle hubs are not just about more spaces, but are also about encouraging more people to cycle to and from the station, being greener and leaving the car at home.
"Cycle hubs are a one-stop shop with great all-round facilities for those that use them."
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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