25th January 2010
Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis has announced the start of work on the UK’s first Cyclepoint at Leeds station.
The Cyclepoint, scheduled to open in May 2010, will give rail passengers a new option to continue their journey by bike. It will provide:
The project is based on a hugely successful Dutch concept, brought to the UK by Abellio (formerly known as NedRailways), joint owner of Northern Rail. In the Netherlands, an astonishing 39% of all rail passengers arrive at their local station by bike where Cyclepoints are established at most major stations.
Northern Rail and Abellio are leading the project in partnership with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Metro.
Leeds has been chosen as the ideal location for the UK’s first Cyclepoint for a number of reasons. As a vibrant city, a modern cycling solution will be attractive to many of its residents and commuters. Use of cycles in Leeds city centre has doubled over the past decade, and continues to increase. Plans are already in place to introduce radial cycling routes from the suburbs into the city centre by 2011. Leeds station has also been selected as a pilot for the Department for Transport’s station travel planning initiative.
Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said: "More and more people are turning to cycling as a healthy, green and convenient way to travel. I want to encourage this choice which is why we're investing £14m to transform facilities for cyclists at train stations.
"Although half of us own a bike and 60% live just 15 minutes from a station, only 2% of train passengers travel to the station by bike. This is in contrast to Holland where cycling accounts for a third of all trips to and from the station.
"Leeds is leading the way with the first cyclepoint in the UK, providing commuters with integrated cycle facilities and services, including rental and storage, at Leeds station. I’ve no doubt that this will significantly boost the number of people cycling to catch their train and I hope that other towns and cities across the UK will follow Leeds."
Anton Valk, Chief Executive, Abellio said: “Abellio is delighted to be bringing Cyclepoint to the UK. The popularity of cycling has reached a tipping point here, and it is important that the rail industry plays a role in meeting that growing demand. Cyclepoint is a further demonstration of Abellio’s commitment to sharing international best practice and innovating in order to serve the full end-to-end journey needs of passengers.”
Steve Butcher, Area Director, Northern Rail said: “We’re delighted to be delivering the UK’s first Cyclepoint at Leeds. We’re committed to making it easier for passengers to use Northern’s services through improved access and also to offer the most environmentally friendly, sustainable transport option possible. The Cyclepoint is just one element of how we will achieve this.
“Leeds Cyclepoint will be the hub in a network of good quality cycle facilities at stations on routes that feed into the city. We were one of only four winners of Cycling England’s Cycling Demonstration TOC challenge fund, which will enable us to deliver a £1million project to improve cycling facilities at over 100 stations on these routes that offer services to and from Leeds.”
Helen Dawson, Leeds station manager for Network Rail added, “Once complete, this will be a great addition to the station facilities which will benefit rail passengers and the wider city by encouraging more cycle use. We are working closely with all the partners to make sure that construction disruption is kept to a minimum.”
"As a keen cyclist myself, I'm delighted that Leeds has been chosen as the first Cyclepoint in the UK," said Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes.
"Metro has shown with Leeds Station Interchange that bringing buses closer to the trains encourages use of both, and I'm sure that Leeds Cyclepoint will make onward travel easier for cyclists, as well as encouraging use of cycles by train passengers arriving at the station."