English Stations Encourage Cycling
Posted by chdot on July 11, 2008
Thirty one railway stations in England have been chosen in a pilot “to encourage rail users to use environmentally friendly forms of transport when travelling to and from station”.
“Over the next nine months, extensive passenger research will be carried out at pilot stations to understand how and why passengers choose particular modes of transport to access them. Specific travel plans will then be developed and implemented during 2009. Further research to evaluate the effectiveness of the plans will be undertaken in 2011.”
This is a move developed by The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) but was only open to stations in England and Wales. National Express East Coast which runs trains from Edinburgh to London (bikes free, but need to be booked) is involved with the scheme at two of the stations it runs – Durham and Darlington. The latter is one of Cycling England’s Demonstration Towns.
Scotland’s main train operator First ScotRail manages most stations (apart from Waverley which is run by Network Rail). ScotRail has regular meetings with representatives of cycling groups and has gradually improved facilities for cyclists since it abolished the £3 charge ten years ago.
Cycle facilities and promotion charity Sustrans pioneered the idea of “Safe Routes to Stations” and produced a valuable eight page guide on what should be done several years ago.