CRA 2011 winner - Station of the Year

York Station, East Coast Trains

York has a traditionally high level of cycle use for commuting and was one of 13 ‘Cycle Demonstration Towns’ in the UK. As part of its route-wide station improvements programme, East Coast has worked in partnership with the City of York Council to develop York Station into a cycle-rail hub by improving facilities and access to rail services to encourage more cycle- rail commuting and leisure travel, and in turn supporting the council’s sustainable travel plan.

The improvements carried out at York Station have been designed to encourage more cycle-rail commuting by:

  • providing better access to and from the station
  • making optimum use of existing cycle rack capacity
  • offering safe, secure cycle parking provision
  • creating superior links to the National Cycle Network in thevicinity, for arriving and departing touring cyclists
  • working with local businesses and charities to introducecomplementary facilities for cyclists in one central location

Along with its partners, East Coast has brought the following cycling improvements to York Station over the last year:

  • Improved access: two new ramped gateways have been installed, making access easier and quicker for cyclists to and from both the north and south ends of the station
  • Cycle Heaven: a local retailer has opened a new repair, cycle hire and shop at the station
  • Increased capacity: East Coast works with local recycling initiative, the Bike Rescue Project CIC, to remove abandoned bikes and recycle them
  • Safety: all cycle racks within the station are monitored by CCTV providing safe, secure parking facilities.

In partnership with British Transport Police, East Coast also operates a number of security initiatives. Success measures include:

  • Safer access for cyclists to/from routes around the station
  • The works complement other cycling improvements madein the city
  • The 400 secure cycle parking spaces have resulted in
  • Increase in capacity as a result of cycle recycling scheme freeing up 47 spaces this year.

"We’ve been waiting for this for 30 years, it’s fantastic.” (York resident on opening of new access ramps).

"Makes life so much easier and provides better access to the National Railway Museum, not just for cyclists but also pedestrians and those with restricted mobility.” (York resident)

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