Southern pedals to finish with cycle hire

Eastbourne railway station. (Eastbourne Station). August 21st 2013 E34219P

Eastbourne railway station. (Eastbourne Station). August 21st 2013 E34219P

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Eastbourne station’s cycling project has received national recognition at the National Cycle-Rail Awards.

The trial of the YellowBike hire scheme at the town’s railway station was a finalist in the Door to Door journey category of the annual awards, which are run by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).

They celebrate the work being done by train companies, associated industry groups and individuals across the country to encourage the combined use of cycle and rail travel.

The winners were named at an award ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament last week.

The Yellow Bike hire trial at Eastbourne allows customers to book a bike, a helmet and lock through the company’s website or by calling their booking desk and collecting it from the station.

It is the first type of scheme in the area and is proving popular with locals and visitors especially during the summer months.

James Burt from Southern said, “We are extremely proud of all our finalists and are pleased that they have been recognised in this way.

“We continue to work hard to make travelling to our stations easier and more sustainable and the cycle and hire scheme goes a long way towards this.

“Since the start of the franchise we have added 2,200 cycle spaces and have plans for another 2,000 by 2015.”