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27 Oct 2023

Secure gate cycle hub opens at Margate station

Secure gate cycle hub opens at Margate station: Margate cycle hub 1

  • New bike facility with 38 spaces and two power sockets for electric bikes
  • Full CCTV cover for extra security, plus a pump and repair stand
  • Cycle hub opening follows a station refurbishment that saw many original features restored

All-electric train operator Southeastern is encouraging active and sustainable travel with another secure cycle hub opening at Margate station.

The hub has 38 spaces and access is gained through a key fob entry system.

Full CCTV coverage has been installed for added security and there are charging points for electric bikes, a cycle pump and a repair stand. 

Making rail stations more accessible and affordable for passengers is a key aim of Southeastern, and a lower price structure has been set for all seven new hubs that have opened in recent weeks.

A 12-month subscription for the Margate hub costs just £25, or it’s £15 for a six-month subscription. For three months access the fee is only £10.

Southeastern’s General Manager South, Mark Borny, said: 

“It’s great to see another new hub opening at Margate, and we now have 28 secure cycle hubs at stations across our network.

“As an all-electric train operator we are always looking to highlight the environmental benefits of green, car-free travel.

“It’s much healthier to walk or cycle to our stations and I really hope the local community in Margate will take advantage of this fantastic new facility.”

The hub was funded by a £58,000 grant from the Department for Transport, managed by Sustrans, and a £6,500 grant from Kent County Council.

Welcoming the new hub, David Hibbs, Cycle Rail Programme Manager at Sustrans said:

"Combining cycling and rail is a great way to make your journey more sustainable and healthier. The new cycle hubs, jointly funded by the Government’s Cycle Rail Programme, provide value for money and make cycling to and from the station an even more attractive option."

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Neil Baker, said:

“By helping to fund secure cycle hubs we hope more people will be encouraged to explore more sustainable ways to travel.

“Our aim is to make it easier for people to choose walking, wheeling and cycling over getting in their car and I am pleased we have been able to partly fund the Margate cycle hub to support this aim.”

The addition of a cycle hub at Margate follows a major refurbishment project that brought back many of the original features. In the art deco style coffee shop the suspended ceiling was removed and expertly restored in traditional Southern Railway colours to complement the restored booking hall. 

This work was jointly funded by the Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail. 

The platforms and subway were also given a fresh coat of paint in the traditional Southeastern blue.

The station was looking resplendent as it enjoyed an extremely busy summer, with 516,000 journeys recorded between late May and early September. That was up from 466,000 journeys over the same period in 2022.

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

Access to the secure cycle hubs is arranged by registering at the station ticket office. For a small subscription fee, the ticket office will issue a personalised programmed key fob for entry to the facility.  Access for the public is not possible without the subscription. 

The key fob will allow access for the length of time purchased and will deactivate upon expiry. Entry fobs can be re-enabled by visiting the ticket office and renewing the membership. 

About Southeastern

SOUTHEASTERN is owned by SE Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s public sector owning group, ‘DOHL’. DOHL has responsibility for four rail companies, LNER, Northern Trains Limited, TransPennine Trains Limited and SE Trains.

Southeastern is the trading name of SE TRAINS LIMITED. Registered in England under company 03266762. Registered office address: Second Floor, 4 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AU.

SE Trains Limited is a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort Limited - ‘DOHL’.


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