A new cycle hub has been officially opened at Salisbury railway station in a bid to encourage use of sustainable transport.
The £360,000 hub is a joint project between South Western Railway (SWR), the Department for Transport, Wiltshire Council and Co Bikes, comprising 74 cycle parking spaces and an e-bike docking station. It was officially opened by Mayor of Salisbury and SWR train driver Cllr Tom Corbin.
Supporting the initiative, Wiltshire College and University Centre is installing a Co Bikes docking station at its Salisbury Campus to provide more sustainable onward travel options for students and staff arriving at the station.
Helen Scholes, Marketing and Partnerships at Co Bikes, said, “We’re delighted to launch our first e-bike hub in Salisbury in partnership with South Western Railway. Our data shows that, of all the e-bike trips taken this year, over a third started or ended at a train station, demonstrating how well bike share and train integrate with one another. Our next hub will open shortly at Wiltshire College and University Centre and I look forward to working with Wiltshire Council on further hubs around the city.”
SWR is working to increase the sustainable onward travel options at its stations and the new addition at Salisbury is an example of the growing number of green alternatives for transport across the SWR network.
Andrew Ardley, SWR’s Regional Development Manager for the West of England, said, “Rail travel is one of the most environmentally friendly mass transport options and so SWR is delighted that this project is now a reality, giving customers using Salisbury station sustainable and practical travel options for their onward journey as well as a secure place to store their own bikes. This scheme is only the first stage of a much bigger improvement planned for the forecourt.”
Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport at Wiltshire Council, said, “We’re really excited that the new cycle hub and e-bike docking station is now open providing visitors and residents viable, environmentally friendly alternatives to the car for their journey to and from Salisbury railway station.
“A key part of our business plan is investment in cycle routes to connect our local communities and to provide options for different modes of transport. To outline our commitment to this, we have put in a Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) bid for a further three e-bike hubs in Salisbury.”