Preston train station has bagged more than three quarters of a million pounds to build a state of the art cycle hub.
The Department of Transport has given the station £765,000.00 towards an £850,000 bike friendly revamp.
This is great news for the city of Preston and great news for all cyclists.Anna Doran
The money, taken from the governments £15 million cycle rail boost scheme, will improve cycling access to the station by completing a cycle path route.
It will allow Virgin Trains to build and erect a new cycle hub that will provide an improved safe parking environment for users and will look to house more than 200 cycles.
Anna Doran, General Manager, Virgin Trains said: “This is great news for the city of Preston and great news for all cyclists.
“The new cycle hub will represent a huge step forward and we look forward to working with all interested stakeholders to make it happen.”
But Red Rose Olympic Cycling Club member Colin Humphreys, from Fulwood, believes the priority should be making trains more accessible for bikes.
He said: “I think it is great news.
“But I think the bigger issue is actually on the trains themselves.
“I commute to Manchester and I feel quite intimidated by other passengers on the train who don’t take kindly to a bike taking up room on a train. Where you put the bikes in the carriage there are fold up seats. So if you put a bike in front of the seats on a busy train you get terrible looks from other people.”
But Ms Doran believes the hub will improve train travel for cyclists.
She said: “We are now seeing record numbers travelling by train. Last year alone 4.5 million journeys either started or finished at Preston. We want to make it as easy as possible for all of them to get to and from the station. We’ve listened and we know the importance of improved connectivity.