Cambridge train station’s bicycle park has been granted over £500,000 to overhaul its security in a bid to stamp out bike theft, as well as improving the site’s accessibility.
Greater Anglia’s proposals include upgrading the CCTV and linking it in with the company’s own networks, and ideally to Cambridge City Council’s network, which links to the police. They are also considering a speaker system and access controls.
There would also be greater accessibility for cargo bikes and adapted bikes with possible ground floor storage.
Newnham Labour campaigner Cameron Holloway commented: “I’m delighted that the City Council has secured this funding. Like many other people, I have had my bike stolen from the station car park despite it being locked with a D-lock, and the police were unable to follow it up.”
“As a result, I no longer cycle to the station. I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance, but the lack of secure bike parking is very inconvenient for a lot of people, and probably results in an increased number of car journeys.”
“I hope that this major funding package can make a big difference in terms of giving people assurance that it’s safe to leave their bikes at the station.”