Cycle facilities across South Essex boosted by DfT funding

Friday, 20 March 2015

Rail passengers in south Essex are set to benefit from improved cycle facilities after the Department for Transport awarded more than £300,000 to Abellio Greater Anglia.


The funding has been announced as part of a £15m investment around the country from the Cycle Rail Fund Scheme.


A total of £326,700 will be spent on increasing cycle parking and enhancing lighting and CCTV at Ingatestone, South Woodham Ferrers and Chelmsford stations, which are managed by Abellio Greater Anglia.


On the Crouch Valley line, bespoke cycle storage shelters will be built at Battlesbridge and North Fambridge stations while Chelmsford will benefit from a £180,000 investment which will see a disused railway arch converted into additional cycle parking which will involve new flooring, lighting, CCTV and lining the archway.


The initiative was backed by Essex County Council, which funded 10pc of the scheme.


Paul Oxley, Abellio Greater Anglia's Stakeholder Manager, said: "We are very pleased to have received funding for all of the bids we submitted to the DfT. These funds will enable us to provide additional cycle parking to some of our popular stations for cyclists on our network and extra security to some of our pre-existing facilities.


"These bids would not have been possible were it not for third party funding from our local authority partner, Essex County Council and we are very thankful for their support."