MP visits Abellio Greater Anglia’s Lowestoft station to unveil improvements

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Waveney MP, Peter Aldous, has officially launched a new nationwide cycle hire scheme at Lowestoft rail station, as well as viewing other improvements made by train operator, Abellio Greater Anglia.

Lowestoft becomes one of the first rail stations in Suffolk to offer the new ‘Bike & 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.

Peter Aldous launched the pioneering new scheme at Lowestoft rail station today,Tuesday 18th February at 2.30pm.

Providing low cost, rapid and convenient cycle rental, Bike & Go will be available at 15 stations operated by 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.

Mr Aldous also viewed the recently installed brand new disabled toilet facility that is helping to ensure that the station facilities comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

The company is committed to upgrades at all 167 stations on its network and has also recently installed new accessible toilet facilities at Audley End, Diss and Hockley stations.

The new facility is now complete and available for use.

Andrew Goodrum, Abellio Greater Anglia’s Customer Service Director, said, “We are delighted that the improvements at Lowestoft 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.”

MP Peter Aldous, said, “I welcome these further investments in Lowestoft Railway Station, which will help make travelling by train more attractive and convenient and will encourage more people to come to the town centre where there is an increasing range of shopping and leisure attractions. Bike and Go is an exciting initiative which should prove very popular, particularly during the tourism season”