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Nominations for 2014 National Cycle Rail awards now open


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Rail Delivery Group

Nominations for 2014 National Cycle Rail awards now open
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date
27 May 2014
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



Nominations for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) 2014 National Cycle Rail Awards are opening today (Tuesday 27 May).

The rail industry has been working with the government to encourage more passengers to make journeys combining a bicycle and the train. Last year, a record 39.1million cycle-rail journeys were made, up from 25.2m in 2008. This is due to a joint programme of investment, totalling nearly £30m, which will fund the creation of over 45,500 new cycle spaces at stations by the end of 2015.

Celebrating their tenth birthday this year, the National Cycle Rail Awards have played a key role in increasing cycle access to the railway by spreading best practice and improving communication across the sector.

The awards recognise outstanding schemes, projects, cycling groups and individuals that have improved or encouraged greater use of combined cycle and rail travel.

There are 10 categories, including a photography competition open to all, where members of the public can win one of two GoPro helmet cameras worth up to £300. The Awards are free to enter though entrants are encouraged to consider a donation to the Railway Children charity.

Supported by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and all members of the UK Cycling Alliance, the awards will be held in Westminster on 26 November and will be attended by parliamentarians and key players from the cycle and rail industries.

Conrad Haigh, ATOC’s Head of Integrated Transport, said: “ATOC, its members and their industry partners are committed to increasing and improving cycle access to the railway. Cycle-Rail is presently the single largest generator of new cycle journeys in the UK with an increase of 14 million trips a year since 2010.

“With around £30m of improvements recently completed or underway at over 315 stations across the country, I expect there to be some very interesting entries and stiff competition this year.

“We want passengers, as well as organisations, to nominate their stand-out examples or share their experiences of cycle-rail by entering their best photographs. This will help us improve the cycle-rail experience for everyone.”

Entries and nominations can be made using the online application form or by downloading a pdf form at http://cycle-rail.co.uk.

The Cycle Rail Awards close for entries and nominations on Friday 12 September 2014 at 17:00.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The 10 categories are:

1.Customer Service
Rewarding improvements or excellence in overall customer service for people wishing to make journeys using cycle-rail
2.Partnership Working and Local Government schemes
Recognising the importance of partnership working to produce many of the facilities and activities that lead to cycle-rail integration
3.Innovation
Initiatives that aid or encourage integrated cycle-rail journeys in an original and creative way
4.Cycling Champion
Recognising individuals for their efforts to improve cycle-rail integration
5.Door-to-Door Journey (including Travel Plans)
Delivery of sustainable door-to-door cycle-rail journeys through travel plans or other methods
6. London Cycle Parking
Rewarding innovation, quality of provision, meeting the needs of cyclists, security and partnership working
7. Cycle Security Award
Recognises those who have done the most to reduce bicycle-related crime figures, either through initiative or infrastructure
8. Station of the Year
The station that has improved the most relative to its size in terms of cycle-rail integration
9. Operator of the Year
TOCs who have achieved excellence in the consistent delivery of services, facilities and information to encourage the integrated use of cycle-rail
10. Cycle-Rail Photography

The best two photographs that capture a cycle-rail journey will win a Madison Go-Pro camera
Any enquiries can be directed to cycle-railawards@atoc.org.

You can also keep track of news and nominations via Facebook – http://facebook.com/cyclerailawards – and Twitter: @cyclerailawards. Entrants are encouraged to tweet their cycle-rail photograph entries.


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