MP to open Manningtree Bike and Go

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

MP for Manningtree, Bernard Jenkin, is to officially launch a new nationwide cycle hire scheme at Manningtree rail station.

With the summer season just around the corner, travellers using Manningtree station can discover the sights on two wheels thanks to Abellio Greater Anglia’s 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.

Bernard Jenkin MP, will meet Abellio Greater Anglia representatives to officially launch the pioneering new scheme at Manningtree rail station on Friday 13th June at 9.30am.

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, “Manningtree’s new Bike & Go facility 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.”

MP Bernard Jenkin, said, “I am very pleased to see Abellio Greater Anglia providing these unique, innovative services at their stations.  This opens up the possibility for many more people to cycle to and from the station, reducing congestion on the roads and providing a healthier alternative to driving.  I am a keen cyclist myself and I welcome this scheme, as I am sure local commuters will.”