Minister of transport Baroness Kramer on Friday announced an additional investment of ₤15 mln as she inaugurated a flagship ₤850,000 cycling hub, which that offers space for around 400 bikes at the railway station in Sheffield.
Kramer said the fund would be utilised for improving facilities for cycling at railway stations across the country to reduce pollution and lower congestion. Companies that wish to bid for the cash can do it through Cycle Rail Working Group. Launched on the eve of Tour de France in Yorkshire, the hub also includes changing rooms for females, showering facilities and a cycle shop.
During the occasion, Kramer said if bike and rail could be used together, it would not only help minimize carbon and overcrowding, but also deliver economic and environmental advantages. She added that the cycle hub at Sheffield was an example of the principle accomplished and said she hoped it provided an example to be followed by others. Kramer went on to say that the government was renovating facilities for cycling at stations across the country for the ease of commuters to choose cycles for the travel to stations.
Welcoming the news, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield said with cyclists’ count increasing in the area, the hub would be put well into use and added that this was a wonderful way to begin a fun filled weekend of cycling.
Bomfield said he was delighted to the opening of the new hub, almost after five years of announcing the first funding by the previous government. He congratulated the Network Rail, Midlands Trains and others who have built the hub and helped improve facilities for bikers at Sheffield station. Commenting on the occasion, Councillor Ian Auckland said the hub would help travelers commute from door to door in a lot more healthier and greener way.