MP visits Abellio Greater Anglia’s Southend Victoria station to open new cycle hire scheme

Friday, 4 July 2014

MP for Southend, James Duddridge, is to officially open a new nationwide cycle hire scheme at Southend Victoria rail station.

With the summer season just around the corner, travellers using Southend Victoria 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.

James Duddridge MP, will meet Abellio Greater Anglia representatives to officially open the pioneering new scheme at Southend Victoria rail station on Monday 7th July at 11.30am.

Providing low cost, rapid and convenient cycle rental, Bike & Go is now 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:, 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, “Southend Victoria’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 James Duddridge, said,” I am delighted to officially launch the cycle and go scheme.  The scheme provides further options for passengers and their onward journeys.  I look forward to seeing lots of these bikes out and about in the constituency!”