Trains: Bicycles

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the provision of reasonable facilities for cyclists on board new railway and light rail and tram rolling stock and at stations.

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The responsibility for the design of new rolling stock and the carriage of bikes on trains rests with individual train operating companies (TOCs). All TOCs currently carry folding bikes on trains at all times and the Government encourage TOCs to carry non-folding bikes whenever possible. Non-folding bikes are not carried on light rail services.

We also encourage all train operators to provide secure cycle parking at stations in 2004-05. DfT funded a Strategic Rail Authority project to provide an additional 2,500 cycle parking spaces with shelters and CCTV at over 100 stations as part of a project to improve cycle parking capacity on the rail network.

We have asked Cycling England, our advisory body on cycling to report on ways to better integrate bike and rail travel. It is due to report later this year.

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