A 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.