New secure cycle compound for Surbiton Station
Commuters cycling to Surbiton Station can enjoy their train journey knowing their bikes are safe and secure following the introduction of a new cycle lock up.
The secure facility, which was officially opened today (18 December) by the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Ian McDonald, is situated on the Glenbuck Road side of the station and will house up to 122 cycles. Entrance to the compound can only be gained using a swipe card system.
Customers signing up to the scheme can do so at the station. They will be asked to pay a £25 returnable deposit and will be issued with a swipe card by staff, after which there will be no further cost for using the facility.
Surbiton station has been at the forefront of Transport for London’s (TfL) programme working with local partners to enable cycle/rail commuting. It is the first station in London where cycle parking, shelter, security and access improvements were introduced; continental style double deck cycle racking was trialled and where car parking spaces were replaced with cycle parking.
Councillor Bob Steed, Executive Member for Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change, said: “Not only is cycling safer for the environment it is a healthy way to start your daily commute. With more cyclists on the road it is great to see the Council working with TfL and South West Trains to provide these facilities. The provision of a secure cycle park will encourage people to cycle to Surbiton Station in the knowledge the risk of damage or theft of their bike is minimal.”
Ian Johnston, South West Trains Customer Service Director, said: “Cycling is growing in popularity and many people are now looking to get on their bikes as part of an integrated trip that also involves using trains. People want to know that there is somewhere safe and secure to leave their bikes while they travel and this new facility provides exactly that.
“We hope this innovative initiative will make it easier for people to take the greener smarter travel option, stay healthy and help look after the planet.”
Ben Plowden, Transport for London’s Director of Integrated Programme Delivery, said: ‘We are delighted to have worked with South West Trains and Kingston Council to open a secure cycle park at Surbiton station. Safety is our priority and we are confident cyclists combining rail and pedal transport from this station will enjoy peace of mind knowing their bikes are in a secure area.”
Cycle parking is an important aspect of any cycle route and facility programme. The risk of tampering and theft can be a deterrent to people undertaking journeys by bicycle with the replacement value of many cycles being in the £300-£500 range. It is hoped that the provision of a secure cycle park will encourage people to cycle to Surbiton Station in the knowledge there is a secure space to park their cycle, in the same way that car parks are provided.
The facility at Surbiton was constructed by station operators South West Trains who also announced earlier this year that it was expanding its popular Brompton Bikes scheme which allows customers to hire a folding bike for as little as £2 a week.
With Surbiton station proving to be popular with cycling commuters, Mr Plowden said extra stands would be provided in the New Year. He said: “Every time new shelters and stands go in, they seem to fill up quickly, so this year we have provided further funding for the installation of another 30 cycle stands and a shelter to be located on the other side of the secured cycle parking compound. This will be covered by CCTV cameras and is expected to be in place in early 2010.”