Chester Cycle Campaign has congratulated Arriva Trains Wales on its national award from ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) for the improvements to cycle parking provision recently carried out at Chester Station.
The group of campaigners had been pressing for improvements to the quantity and quality of cycle parking provision at Chester Station for several years and members were extremely pleased to see the improvements carried out by Arriva Trains Wales, managers of the station, earlier this year.
Simon Brown, a member of the Cycle Campaign, was particularly pleased to hear his comments when nominating Chester Station to receive the award were mentioned in the ATOC publication announcing the awards.
'Good quality secure parking'
He said: “It was gratifying the commitment by Arriva Trains Wales to improve cycle parking at the station has been recognised – it has certainly made life a lot easier for regular train commuters like myself who use a cycle to reach the station, knowing that there is plenty of good quality secure parking under cover at the station.
“I hope a similar commitment can be made by Arriva Trains Wales to improve the quality of on-board cycle provision on their trains.
“Over the last few years I have noticed a growing number of commuters are using their bikes, not only to get to Chester Station, but also reach their place of work at the other end of their journey and it is becoming clear the current two cycle spaces per train are inadequate.
“Bearing in mind Arriva Trains Wales is owned by Deutsche Bahn (the German National Railways), they can learn from their continental cousins Nederlandse Spoorwegen (the Dutch National Railways who own Merseyrail) to make the carriage of cycles on trains as easy as on the Merseyrail network.”
Chester Cycle Campaign encourages more short day-to-day journeys in Chester to be made by cycle in order to reduce congestion and save commuters money.