£15m boost for railway station cycling facilities

Cycle hub in Sheffield
Image caption The £850,000 cycle hub in Sheffield provides spaces for 415 bikes, as well as lockers and changing rooms

A £15m fund is being made available to improve cycle parking facilities at railway stations across England.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced the investment as she officially opened a new £850,000 cycle hub in Sheffield.

The hub provides 415 bike spaces alongside changing rooms and repair facilities at the city's station.

Train companies can bid for the cash via the rail and cycling body Cycle Rail Working Group.

Baroness Kramer said: "We are transforming cycling facilities at stations up and down the country to make it easier to choose the bike for the journey to the station.

"That is why we are providing this new funding.

"Used together, bike and rail can help cut carbon and congestion, delivering environmental and economic benefits.

"Sheffield's cycle hub is a great example of this principle in action and I hope it provides an example for others to follow."

The new cycle hub also includes a bike hiring facility and lockers.

It was unveiled the day before the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

The Grand Depart begins in Leeds on Saturday and the Tour continues from York to Sheffield on Sunday.

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