Improved facilities for passengers at Stowmarket rail station

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Passengers using Stowmarket rail station are benefitting from improvements made by train operator, Abellio Greater Anglia.

The existing toilet facilities have been upgraded and refurbished to offer a new fully accessible facility for those with mobility impairments, bringing the station up to the standard required by the Disability Discrimination Act, as well as newly refurbished Ladies and Gents toilets.

Abellio Greater Anglia is committed to upgrades at all 167 stations on its network and has also recently installed new accessible toilet facilities at Hertford East and Clacton-On-Sea rail stations.

Stowmarket also becomes one of the three rail stations in Suffolk, along with Ipswich and Lowestoft, to offer the new ‘Bike and Go’ initiative, the UK’s first major station cycle hire programme, which offers rail passengers the opportunity to hire a bike at their local station for an onward journey.

Providing low cost, rapid and convenient cycle rental, Bike & Go will be available at 15 stations operated by Abellio Greater Anglia to offer rail passengers greater choice about how they make their door-to-door journeys and is modelled on the Dutch Railways OV-fiets station cycle hire scheme.

The cycles are high quality and registration costs just £10 for the annual subscription, which is easily done via the website at: www.bikeandgo.co.uk, and the daily hire cost at £3.80 (less than the cost of many bus fares) is competitively priced.

Andrew Goodrum, Abellio Greater Anglia’s Customer Service Director, said, “We are delighted that the improvements at Stowmarket are now complete. Bike & Go will improve the service and choice that we provide for our customers who are keen to cycle to and from their local station. Competitively priced and easy to use, Bike & Go complements other investments we are making to improve cycle parking with more secure facilities and new Cycle Points, offering a greener and healthier travel choice for our customers.”