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20 Jun 2019

Canterbury West station to benefit from £104k investment in brand new cycle-hub facility

Canterbury West station to benefit from £104k investment in brand new cycle-hub facility: bike-1549102 960 720

  • Doubling of secure cycle spaces at key commuter station
  • Two-tier racks and new cyclists’ facilities part of a £6.8 million investment by government in the Cycle Rail Programme

Rail passengers using Canterbury West station will soon benefit from improved cycle parking facilities as part of a £6.8 million investment by Government to fund extra bike spaces at railway stations across the country and incorporate cycling into their journeys.

As part of the scheme, which will be delivered by Southeastern, 96 existing spaces will be removed and replaced entirely with a secure hub with two-tier racks for 196 spaces – doubling the amount of capacity and massively improving cycle security. The facility will include a cycle repair stand, pump, and extra lighting, constantly monitored by CCTV.

Of the £104,000 which is being spent on Canterbury West, £74,000 has come from the Department for Transport, while £30,000 has been provided by Canterbury City Council. 

David Wornham, Passenger Services Director for Canterbury West, said:

“The opportunity to use a sustainable transport mode to get to and from the station is very important to our passengers, who not only want to be reassured that their bike has a space available, but that it will be safe and secure while they undertake their journeys, and that other facilities will be on hand to maintain and repair their bike when they need it.

“I’m delighted for both our passengers and our partners at Canterbury City Council that Southeastern’s bid for these funds from the Government has been successful.”

Chairman of Canterbury City Council's Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Rachel Carnac, said: "This doubling of the number of secure cycle spaces at Canterbury West is great news for passengers and cyclists. Improving these facilities is a key part of our plans to create an integrated transport hub in Station Road West, which we know a lot of local residents support.

"More people would leave the car at home and cycle to the station if they know they will have a guaranteed place to leave their bike and it's still going to be there when they get back. This project solves both of these concerns, so it could be the difference needed to change behaviour.

"As well as being good for health, cycling also has an important role to play in improving air quality and increasing the number of people who travel on two wheels is a priority for us."

The scheme at Canterbury West complements recent investment by Canterbury City Council in a new multi-storey car park adjacent to the station, set to open in 2020.

The latest round of funding from the Cycle Rail Programme will install 2,300 spaces at 48 stations across England, enabling commuters to cycle directly to the station and lock their bike securely. The programme has now been backed by more than £40 million from the Department for Transport, tripling the number of cycle parking spaces at more than 500 stations and taking the total to some 80,000. It is part of a Government initiative to ensure that people are more aware of their transport choices, and that commuter journeys are as sustainable as possible.

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Notes to editors

Notes to editors

Also benefitting from investment in new cycle hub facilities across the Southeastern network are:

  • Chatham
  • Folkestone West
  • London Cannon Street
  • London Victoria
  • Maidstone East

About Southeastern

  • Southeastern is Britain’s third-largest rail franchise; with around 640,000 journeys a day made on a 540-mile network, serving 176 stations across South East London, Kent and parts of East Sussex.
  • Around 60% of Southeastern journeys are made in Greater London, and many passengers travel for less than 30 minutes.
  • Southeastern is part of Govia; Go-Ahead's UK rail operation.
  • Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the country, responsible for over 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) and Southeastern.  
  • Govia is shortlisted for the next South Eastern franchise to be awarded by the DfT.

Recent Southeastern achievements

  • Southeastern has been shortlisted for ‘Passenger Operator of the Year’ in the 2019 National Rail Awards
  • Since its Direct Award contract began in 2014, Southeastern has invested more than £80m in improvements for passengers.
  • Southeastern has improved punctuality by nearly 10% since 2017, through close partnership working with Network Rail
  • In 2017, Southeastern introduced 68 extra carriages - providing 5,000 extra seats and boosting capacity on its busiest services
  • Southeastern has a Customer Ambassador team of 20 dedicated staff whose sole purpose is to help passengers at stations. They won the National Rail Award for Customer Service Excellence in 2017.
  • In 2018 Southeastern introduced free WiFi on board all its trains, including free Amazon Prime content, magazines, games and podcasts.
  • This year Southeastern has invested £75,000 to improve passenger information systems, providing more detail on train locations, lengths and disruption
  • Southeastern has introduced ‘The Key’ smart ticket to replace outdated magnetic stripe tickets.
  • 100 million journeys have been made on Southeastern Highspeed since it was introduced in 2009 – Britain’s first and only domestic high speed train service

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