Bad news on station bicycle racks

falco vertA small group of cyclists met representatives from Virgin Trains on Monday at Lancaster railway station to express Dynamo’s reservations about the proposed new bicycle racks.

It’s even worse than we thought.

It looks as if the number of Sheffield stands on platforms 1 and 2 will be reduced to 9 and re-located further up the platform.  Extra bicycle parking will be provided by new semi-upright racks (pictured).  Virgin dismissed out of hand Dynamo’s arguments that such racks are unsuitable for many cycles and cyclists.

The area that will be vacated by the felled racks is to become retail space – quite possibly a pub.

Even worse, the exit from platform 1 to the Giant Axe path will remain closed permanently.  Virgin’s argument is that this is to protect staff from anti-social behaviour.  That’s an aim we have every sympathy with . . . but is there no other way of tackling it?

So, it’s bad news all round, unless yesterday’s news that Virgin Trains may no longer have the rail franchise from next year makes any difference.

About lancasterdynamo

Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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2 Responses to Bad news on station bicycle racks

  1. Nige Barnes says:

    How does it work then…Virgin dictate what happens to a public space and we are all expected to just accept that.
    Do they provide any rationale or proof of improvement or just simply dictate.

    Seems short sighted and backwards thinking.

    • It doesn’t count as a public space. Virgin manages the station (for the time being) so can do what they like. The only constraint here was whether they could make changes to a listed building (which Lancaster railway station is). The Virgin reps said that these semi-upright racks are in use at other stations and are fine . . . but then they would say that, wouldn’t they?

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