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15.08.13

National Cycle Rail Awards entries welcomed

ATOC is calling for train operators, groups and individuals to enter the National Cycle Rail Awards, as nominations close on September 13.

The awards seek to recognise best practice in providing integrated schemes at stations to encourage more passengers to cycle as part of their journey. It builds on government strategy to see the number of cycle spaces at stations increase to 68,966 by 2015, with 1,376 new bicycles available for hire.

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group supports the awards, which aim to boost cycling provision across the rail network. You can enter here.

Conrad Haigh, ATOC’s head of integrated transport, said: “ATOC, its members and their industry partners are committed to increasing and improving cycle access to the railways. Thanks to efforts and money invested over last few years, many passengers are now benefitting from some first class cycling facilities at stations, which has created an average of four million new cycle-rail journeys a year over the last three years.

“With more than £25m of schemes underway at over 315 major UK stations, I expect there to be some very interesting entries and stiff competition this year. Stations such as St Albans City – which recently boosted its number of cycle spaces to over 1,150, making it the station with the most extensive facilities in Britain – are sure to be in the running.

“Passengers and organisations linked to the industry have four weeks left to nominate any stand-out examples and help us improve the cycle-rail experience for everyone.”

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