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More than 100 new cycle spaces at Watford Junction

Press Release   •   Oct 25, 2017 12:05 BST

More than 100 new cycle spaces at Watford Junction

Watford Borough Council and London Midland are providing 142 additional spaces for cyclists at Watford Junction railway station – so there’s no excuse but to get on your bike!

A new two-tier bike shelter and four new cycle stands have just been installed by Watford Borough Council at the side of the station and provide an additional 38 secure spaces – 58, when there were previously 20.

A further 104 additional spaces will be provided in a purpose-built cycle hub, which is being installed by London Midland and part-funded by Watford Borough Council. The new structure will be situated on the former platform five of the railway station – adjacent to platform six. It will contain a long single-tier line of sheltered cycle racks, which will be covered by specially-installed CCTV cameras and lighting.

By the time both phases are complete, there will be an additional 142 secure spaces for cyclists to leave their bikes securely at Watford Junction Railway Station. This will bring the total number of cycle spaces at the station to 324.

Councillor Iain Sharpe, Watford Borough Council portfolio holder for Regeneration and Development, said: “We want everyone to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. It’s more environmentally friendly, it’ll improve your health, and you won’t have to pay for parking. These spaces will make it easier for more people to use their bikes, so we are very happy to be involved in this project with our partners at London Midland.”

London Midland’s head of West Coast services, Steve Helfet added “London Midland has been encouraging cyclists and investing in more facilities at stations for the last ten years. This scheme is a double win for Watford. It provides more spaces for cycles while making the front of the station more welcoming".

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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west.  Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages  150 stations and operates  1,300 services a day.

London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland.  Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info

London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and five Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.

In 2017 London Midland was also awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014. Achievements for working with communities recognised with an International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award (2017), an HR Excellence award for Best CSR Strategy (2017) and five national Community Rail awards (2017).

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