Bike ‘n’ ride scheme arrives at NW train stations

Michael Hunt

Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly train stations will provide additional cycle storage spaces as part of a new scheme by Virgin Trains.

A total of £1m joint funding was granted to Virgin Trains from the Department for Transport and Cycling England to create 540 additional cycle storage spaces at the stations as well as in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent train stations.

Plans are also being drawn up for a cycle hire scheme at Manchester Piccadilly allowing commuters working in the city to complete their journeys by bike.

James Wright, cycle rail project manager for Virgin Trains, said: "The announcement is all about encouraging sustainable travel for commuters and students. By providing more cycle storage at stations along the "Potteries" rail corridor together with a cycle hire scheme at Manchester Piccadilly it will be possible to have bike-train-bike journeys, a very environmentally sustainable and convenient way of travelling."

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Just in time for the peak cycling season of Autumn / Winter – brilliant!

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