Chester Railway Station has been honoured for encouraging commuters to cycle before catching their train.

The station, operated by Arriva Trains Wales, won an award for improvements to their cycle provision at the 2015 Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) Cycle-Rail Awards.

Now in their 11th year, the awards recognise the progress made by the rail industry towards encouraging the use of cycling, aiming to improve communication and best practice across the industry.

Arriva Trains Wales worked alongside Network Rail to secure Department for Transport funding in order to improve cycle provision and security at Chester station.

They were jointly awarded £88k to use on the transformation project, which drew praise from judges of the awards.

New cycle racks praised

Chester station now has three designated and covered cycle storage areas, new two-tier cycle racks to replace existing hoops and increase storage from 64 to 170 cycles, improved access between storage areas, additional signage to improve visibility of storage areas and additional CCTV linked to central monitoring centre to monitor and record images of all storage areas.

Cabinet member for Economic Development and Infrastructure Cheshire West and Chester, Brian Clarke, said: “We are really pleased that Arriva Trains Wales have won an award for the improved cycle facilities at Chester station. The new cycle racks mean that more passengers can leave their bikes securely and conveniently before catching their train.”