Transport written question – answered on 14th October 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a recent assessment of the number of bicycles which may be carried on trains operated by each train operator; and whether he plans to take steps to increase that number.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

It is a commercial consideration for the individual train operating companies to provide storage space for cycles on their trains. It is not for the Department for Transport to dictate how many cycle spaces an operator should provide, but we do encourage train operators to accommodate folding bicycles at all times.

We are also noting the progress of the Station Travel Plan pilot project being run by the rail industry to encourage rail passengers to use more sustainable forms of transport, including cycling, to travel to and from stations.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 15 Oct 2010 6:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Surely the Department for Transport should be enabling people, who wish to travel using a benign non-polluting mode of transport, to continue with their journey after using a train. The government has it within their power to require train operating companies to provide such mechanisms and should not be dictating what type of bike can be used. The first part of the reply above does not fit in with the project mentioned in the second part.