Improvements to cycle facilities at Wickford rail station

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cyclists using Wickford rail station are benefitting from a new secure cycle compound which has been installed by train operator, Abellio Greater Anglia.

The new compound has been installed near the station entrance to increase cycle parking capacity and offer improved and more secure storage to cyclists.

Access to the compound is only possible via a key fob system which can be obtained from the ticket office for a refundable deposit.

Andrew Goodrum, Abellio Greater Anglia’s Customer Services Director, said, “We are committed to improving cycle facilities for our customers by installing many more cycle parking spaces and increasing cycle hire opportunities. The new facilities at Wickford will offer customers an improved and more secure cycle storage facility.”

Since the franchise began in February 2012, Abellio Greater Anglia has implemented a wide variety of cycle-focused enhancements including upgrades to existing facilities, creating a new cycle strategy and increasing cycle parking across the network, bringing the total number of cycle spaces to 6,000, as well as increasing cycle hire opportunities.

Abellio Greater Anglia was highly commended in the ‘Operator of the Year’ and the ‘Best Customer Service’ categories at the National Cycle Rail Awards 2012. In presenting the awards, the judges recognised that the train operator has implemented a wide variety of cycle-focused enhancements including upgrades to existing facilities, creating a new cycle strategy and making arrangements for special cycling events.