Railway Station bike park officially open

Railway Station bike park officially open Image

THE LATEST ยฃ400,000 addition to Dundeeโ€™s bike infrastructure has been officially opened at the cityโ€™s railway station.

Funded by Dundee City Council, TACTRAN and Abellio ScotRail the 120 bike parking covered space was designed by Jacobs and Nicoll Russell Studios and built by Tayside Contracts.

Chair of TACTRAN Cllr Brian Gordon said: โ€œDundee Railway Station is a major gateway for the city and the wider region. Tactran has supported the delivery of this high quality, safe and secure cycle parking facility and is delighted that it is now open for use.

โ€œIt will improve integration between cycling and rail travel, promote sustainable journey choices and encourage more active and healthy lifestyles.โ€

ScotRail cycling manager Kathryn Mackay said: โ€œWe want to join up journeys across Scotland, and that includes those which start and end by bike.

โ€œThe recent investment in the area is a clear sign that Dundee is undergoing a real transformation, and weโ€™re confident that the new facilities will encourage more people to cycle as part of their journey.โ€

Cllr Kevin Cordell Dundee City Councilโ€™s cycling spokesperson added: โ€œEncouraging more people to get on their bikes is not just about telling them that there are health and wellbeing benefits and it is good for the environment. Itโ€™s also about making sure that the facilities are there to make cycling as easy and pleasurable as possible.

โ€œHaving somewhere secure and accessible to put your machine when you arrive at your destination is critical to the decision to take the bike in the first place, which is why todayโ€™s opening is such a big deal.โ€

Accessible through automatic doors and covered by CCTV the facility is owned by Network Rail, managed and maintained by ScotRail and free to use.

Mark Flynn depute convener of Dundee City Council said: โ€œThe physical infrastructure to support more active travel, including cycling, is key to improving air quality and health in the city.

โ€œThe bike park adds to what is a growing set of additions and improvements to the infrastructure in Dundee and I am delighted to see it open.โ€

Bill Reeve Transport Scotlandโ€™s Director of Rail added: โ€œGood cycle parking is essential to promote cycle-rail integration and these additional 120 spaces are a welcome addition to this significant station redevelopment.

โ€œIntroducing enhanced facilities at stations encourages more people to choose active travel and low carbon transport modes for their everyday journeys and supports the transition to more sustainable forms of transport.โ€

As part of the annual Cycling Scotland Conference, this year being held in the city, delegates visited the new bike parking as part of study tours.

The conference is bringing together more than 200 professionals, campaigners, volunteers and national and local politicians to share experiences, learn from each other and network to help support cycling in Scotland and beyond.

The shelter is located to the north west of the railway station next to the car park.

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