Friday, 1 June 2012

Cambridge MP And Cyclists Prompt Rethink On Access To New Rail Platform



Cambridge MP Julian Huppert at
Cambridge Station

Giant train operator, Greater Anglia has agreed to redesign a cycle ‘gutter’ on the new island platform at Cambridge railway station following complaints from MP Julian Huppert and other cyclists.

The company accepted that the current design is “not fit for purpose” and is working with Network Rail to find an alternative solution.

Julian said: “I am delighted that Greater Anglia has recognised this problem and plans to take action to remedy it.

“On the whole, I have been delighted by the commitment Greater Anglia and Abellio has shown towards improving cycling facilities in Cambridge but access to the new island platform for cyclists is inadequate.

“Most cyclists had been left with no alternative but to carry their bikes over the footbridge to the island platform after the bike ‘gutter’ was designed in such a way that bikes slipped off. They can’t use the lift because it is too small for most bikes.”

Julian raised the issue with Greater Anglia Managing Director, Ruud Haket after receiving complaints from cycling organisations and constituents.

He told Mr Haket in a letter: “I understand that Network Rail is already investigating the provision for cyclists, while cycling campaigners have made a number of suggestions. These include: replacing the ‘L’ shaped gutter with a ‘U’ shaped gutter, widening the footbridge, introducing a slope with a cycle channel and widening the lift.”

Mr Haket reassured Julian that he had listened to the comments from cyclists and cycling organisations.

He told him: “We are working with Network Rail to find a solution to this problem and take appropriate action.”