London rail stations get increased cycle parking despite budget cuts
photo Steve Rutherford Despite recent improvements to London's bike parking at stations, there's more to be done
Item updated 14.1.11
Network Rail, which owns and operates most major train stations in London, has told LCC that it has allocated £7 million for cycling facilities, such as cycle parking and cycle access to stations, across the UK.
Under the Labour Government £14 million of Department for Transport and Network Rail money was earmarked to improve very poor facilities for cycle users, as highlighted by the Minister for Transport, at UK stations.
The DfT says that £1m has been spent (at Leeds and Waterloo and other stations) and £6m cut, but Network Rail will be allocating £7m after conversations with the DfT.
Network Rail says improvements will include cycle hubs at Victoria, Waterloo, St Pancras and an upgrade to cycle parking at Paddington.
Negotiations at both Waterloo and Victoria are in progress but there are not details yet of St Pancras and Paddington.
An LCC survey of major London stations in December 2010 found that although some new parking facilities had been installed at Waterloo, Euston and Liverpool Street, most stations still had insufficient provision.
LCC's Cycle Parking 4 London campaign wants to see 500 spaces at every mainline station in Greater London, with 200 of these being secure.
Network Rail says that in addition to the hubs mentioned above it is going to provide additional parking at Clapham Junction and King’s Cross. It also says it has provided funding to local councils for improvements at King’s Cross and Farringdon
The company would not commit to immediate improvements in station signage to cycle parking, saying this would be considered when refurbishments take place.