Work begins on £2.5m “CyclePoint” at Cambridge station

Catherine Maguire 2 February 2015

A £2.5 million cycle parking initiative has this week been granted ministerial approval, with the view of providing secure parking of around 3000 extra bicycles. 

The Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill officially heralded the start of the works, funded by the CB1 development program, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Department for Transport. 

The works form part of an extension of the CyclePoint scheme, a Dutch concept that offers fully-staffed, safe storage of bicycles, as well as maintenance and repair solutions. Functioning on a ‘bring in the morning, collect in the evening’ principle, Cambridge is the second city in the UK to pilot this scheme, after Leeds. The initiative has been adopted in the UK by Abellio, a Europe-wide transport company whose East Anglian route links Cambridge with Ipswich, Norwich and Stansted Airport. 

Speaking to The Cambridge News, the managing of Abellio Greater Anglia, Jamie Burles, praised the scheme as ‘a significant step in the project to improve facilities for rail passengers using Cambridge station’. 

The move is likely to be welcomed by both students and residents alike, with Cambridge County Council estimating in 2011 that some 20,000 bicycle journeys are made in the spring alone. 

Planned upgrades of Cambridge train station are currently underway, which would see an enlarged ticket hall and improved facilities dedicated to customer service.