A SCHEME of improvements at Chester Railway Station has increased the number of cycle parking spaces from 48 to 157.
Arriva Trains Cymru, in partnership with Network Rail, has installed double-decker cycle racks at two locations in the station.
Cyclist Simon Brown, who regularly catches the train to work in Wrexham, said: “For a long time the cycle parking provision at Chester Station has been totally inadequate.
“Not only was there not enough space to securely leave your cycle but the cycle parking that was previously installed was sited too close together meaning that many of the spaces provided were especially difficult to access.
“With these new double-decker racks not only are there plenty of spaces for the current numbers of cyclists catching trains, but they are far easier to access than before.
“I have been to the Netherlands and have visited Groningen where there are more than 10,000 spaces at the railway station. “Whilst Chester clearly has a long way to go in terms of cycle parking at the station it is seeing what can happen elsewhere that gives you hope that it is possible to substantially increase the number of cycling commuters. Who knows how many cycle spaces we’ll see in Chester in decades to come?”