Monday, 29 June 2009

TEN RAIL STATIONS COULD BECOME CYCLE HUBS

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 29TH June 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

TEN RAIL STATIONS COULD BECOME CYCLE HUBS

Ten rail stations could become major cycle hubs, with new facilities to support cycling. The Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, has launched a £5 million fund for this purpose. It is up to train operators to put in bids(1). Steve Dawe comments:

“Some of Kent’s major rail stations could be radically improved if cycling facilities are expanded. Very busy stations with limited physical space for cycles could benefit, such as Tonbridge and Canterbury West. But the importance of Ashford, with its potential for a growth of Eurostar services, also needs to be considered.

“At present, far too many people are accessing train stations by car, adding to Kent’s growing air pollution and areas of traffic congestion. Making cycling to rail stations easier is partly a job for local councils – to improve cycle routes – but rail operators must take every opportunity to allocate funds to improve cycling facilities at stations.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY on 01732 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above.


Notes:
1. The Guardian, 24th June 2009.

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