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Trains: Bicycles

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to secure the integration of rail transport with bicycle use. (141664)

Bidders for the franchises that are out to tender currently (East Midlands, West Midlands, New Cross Country and Intercity East Coast) require bidders to consider bike-rail integration and facilities at stations in their bid submissions. The Government’s aspiration is to see 95 per cent. of journeys originating from stations with adequate cycle parking facilities.

Last year, the Government asked Cycling England, our advisory group on cycling, to look into how we might better encourage bike and rail journeys. They have accepted this remit and are now looking to see where progress can best be made further to improve bike and rail integration. Officials here will assist them and we have written to all train operating companies who will be facilitating its work. I look forward to receiving the report from Cycling England.