New £350k cycle hub opens at Lincoln train station

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A new £350,000 cycle hub at Lincoln Train Station has been officially opened.

Top level cyclist and Team GB tri-athlete Andy Bishop was the special guests at the opening of the hub on Friday, December 9.

The hub offers 196 additional spaces for bikes with CCTV throughout, changing rooms and toilet facilities and there are hopes that there will soon be a cycle repair shop in the building.

To access the hub, cyclists can purchase a key fob for £10 from the station ticket office. This will give them lifetime access.

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(L-R) Lawrence Bowman and Andy Bishop

The opening ceremony saw Lawrence Bowman, Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains and Sarbjeet Dosanjh on behalf of the Rail Delivery Group, which funded the project, cut the ribbon.

Lawrence told The Lincolnite: “I think it is really important for the people of Lincoln to have a cycle hub here.

“Getting to and from the station is all part of the journey experience and the more we can do to make that easier for sustainable methods, like bikes, the better.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Andy Bishop said: “This is a fantastic facility to have and I’ll be looking forward to using it myself.

“I spend a lot of my time motivating young people to use bikes so using something like this would certainly help motivate someone to get on their bike.”

Law Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lawrence Bowman. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Sarbjeet Dosanjh added: “The money for this is from funding from the Department of Transport and it forms as part of a wider investment into improving and increasing cycling.

“We are the Royal Delivery Group manage those funds and we work with train operators at Network Rail to get those space delivered and this forms as part of a three-year funding project that looks to implement 75,000 cycle space, which has tripled since 2010.”