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20.08.20

Temporary bike storage at Bristol Temple Meads station

A new bike storage facility is to be constructed next to Bristol Temple Meads station in preparation £24m worth of works to begin on the station’s roof.

The new facility is set to open on the 5th of September and will be the same capacity as the ones on platform 3 and 4, housing just over 450 bikes.

It will be situated on Friary at Temple Quay and will feature a two-tier bike rack system which will be sheltered, lit and monitored by CCTV.

Network Rail are asking that all bikes currently parked on platforms 3 and 4 will need to collected before the 6th of September, from which date they will be transferred to a secure location before the old racks are dismantled. Owners would then have two months to reclaim their bikes before they are donated to charity.

Andy Phillips, Network Rail's Bristol Temple Meads Station Manager, said: “We understand how much cyclists value the convenience of the cycle storage facilities that are available at the station and we want to provide the best possible experience for passengers by making the transition to the new location as smooth as possible.

“If passengers miss the initial deadline to collect them, they can rest assured that their bikes will be kept securely by the station team until Friday 6 November. All they will need to do is talk to a member of staff who will happily help reunite them.”

Claire King, GWR's Regional Manager, said: “We’re excited to support the transformation of Bristol Temple Meads and recognise the need for platforms to remain safe and accessible during this work.

“Moving the bike storage facilities will allow station users to move about more freely and safely when the scaffolding is put later this year.

“I’d also like to remind those using our services that cycle space is limited on board trains and you will need to book a cycle reservation in advance should you wish to travel with your bike.”

Superintendent Mark Cleland, force lead for cycle crime at British Transport Police, said: “We’re working closely with Network Rail to ensure bike security at the new storage facility with high-visibility patrols, surveillance and educational events.”

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