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26.06.12

Stoke-on-Trent launches bicycle hire scheme

A folding cycle scheme has been introduced at Stoke-on-Trent station, to allow passengers to hire bicycles which can then be folded away for use on buses, trains or in the office.

The Bromptondock scheme was first set up at Manchester Piccadilly in partnership with Virgin Trains, and is due to be installed at multiple locations by 2013. TheStoke-on-Trentstation scheme has 10 bicycles available for hire.

Heather Hodkinson, Virgin Trains station manager at Stoke-on-Trent/Stafford, said: “For Virgin Trains, Bromptondock offers a truly end-to-end transport solution in which the Brompton folding bike integrates into existing local and national networks of trains, trams and buses. This makes it attractive to our customers who also value the particular initiative we have taken at Stoke andManchester.

“In addition, our partner provides a complete support service so we don’t have to set up that essential infrastructure.”

Mark Antwis, managing director of Bromptondock, said: “By the end of this year, for different partners, Brompton docks will have been placed in over fourteen locations in the UK, from the South Coast to the North West, including Stoke on Trent, Manchester, Guildford, Oxford, Bristol, Southampton and Exeter, with many more locations likely to be added over the coming months.”

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