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Rail Delivery Group

Awards celebrate growth in cycle-rail
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date
20 November 2013
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



Record numbers of Britons chose to combine cycle and rail travel this year, and the winners of the 2013 National Cycle Rail Awards demonstrate how the industry has worked together to encourage that growth.

Around 39million cycle-rail journeys are now made a year, a 40% rise since 2009. Train companies, Network Rail and the Department for Transport (DfT) have helped drive and respond to increased demand by investing in more and improved cycling facilities across the network. The cross-industry Cycle Rail Working Group is currently implementing more than £25millon in schemes, which will take the total number of cycle spaces to almost 70,000 by 2015 and see more than 30 cycle hubs established.

Now in their ninth year, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) National Cycle Rail Awards recognise progress by the rail industry and associated organisations in encouraging and developing integrated cycle-rail travel. The awards, which are judged in partnership with cycling stakeholders and campaign groups, play a key role in increasing cycle access to the railways by improving communication and the spread of best practice.

This year’s winners include:

o Greater Anglia, which now has cycling facilities at 88% of its stations including more than 7,000 cycle parking spaces.
o Merseyrail, whose pioneering Bike & Go scheme has been rolled out beyond the operator’s routes and is now available at more than 50 stations in the North West, Anglia and South East.
o First Capital Connect, whose joint security initiative with the British Transport Police led to a dramatic fall in cycle crime at stations. The scheme included offering free locks and security etching to cyclists, and dedicated cycle wardens.
o South West Trains, whose efforts have resulted in a significant increase in cycling and are now responsible for around 25% of Britain’s cycle-rail access.

Michael Roberts, ATOC Chief Executive and Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, said:

“This year saw the launch of the government’s door to door strategy, and the rail industry is committed to playing a key part in delivering that vision.

“We have made great strides in not only providing more and better cycling facilities at stations, but also in encouraging greater numbers of passengers to combine cycle and rail travel.

“We congratulate all of the winners on their innovative work.

” Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Used in combination, bike and rail offers one of the most environmentally friendly forms of travel so it is important to give people the choice to travel this way. That’s why working together with the train companies, Network Rail and TfL we’re investing more than £25 million to improve cycle facilities at around 350 stations across the network.”

The award winners were announced on 19th November at a ceremony hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, with a presentation from Transport Minister Stephen Hammond. Judges included Lord Tony Berkeley, Tom Bogdanowicz from London Cycling Campaign, Gordon Seabright from CTC, Chair of the Cycle-Rail Working Group Philip Darnton, Martin Key from British Cycling, ATOC Head of Integrated Transport Conrad Haigh, and Andrew Forster, Editor of Local Transport Today.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. Categories and winners of this year’s awards are:

o Best Customer Service – Winner: Greater Anglia
o Partnership Working and Local Government Schemes – Winner: Greater Anglia
o Innovation – Winner: Bike & Go, Merseyrail
o Cycle Champion – Winner: Larry Heyman, First Capital Connect
o Door to Door Journeys including Station Travel Plans – Winner: Stirling Cycling Hub, ScotRail / Forth Environment Link
o London Cycle Parking – Winner: Peckham Rye Station, Southern
o Cycle Security Award – Winner: First Capital Connect
o Station of the Year – Winner: Chelmsford, Greater Anglia
o Operator of the Year – Winner: South West Trains
o Photography Competition – Winner: Catherine Murphy, ‘Waiting at the Station’ and Phil Dominey, ‘Thinking Ahead/Looking Forward’

2. The rail industry has held similar awards since 1997, when the Cycle Mark award was launched. They ran in that form for three years and following a break in 2000 were re-started in 2001. This is the ninth year of ATOC’s involvement and overall running of the National Cycle Rail Awards. Entries and nominations have risen since ATOC became involved, reflecting the industry’s changing approach to cycles and trains. For more information about the awards, visit http://cycle-rail.co.uk.

3. The cross-industry Cycle Rail Working Group was founded by ATOC and includes Network Rail, Transport for London, DfT, Passenger Focus, RSSB and English Heritage.

4. Members of the press can download hi-res photographs here: http://cycle-rail.co.uk/2013-photos/. The winning entries for the photography competition are also available


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