14 June 2019
Responding to the announcement of new investment in the Cycle Rail programme that will enable thousands of new cycle spaces to be added to rail stations, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"We welcome this investment, which will make sustainable door-to-door journeys easier for thousands of people. Government and local authorities should also focus on making cycle routes to stations safe and simple, including from new housing developments, to reduce their traffic impact and give residents healthy travel choices."
Recent research by the charity showed the importance of making stations easier to get to by public transport, walking and cycling: 17 per cent of people who live within 5 minutes' walk of a station use the train multiple times a week, whereas only two per cent of people who live more than 30 minutes' walk away use the train multiple times a week.
"Being able to easily access your local train station by public transport, walking or cycling is key to boosting passenger numbers," said Darren Shirley. "Our research has shown how easy access to a rail station encourages use."
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Notes to Editors
1. The Government's announcement can be read online.
2. Read Campaign for Better Transport's research, which was undertaken in conjunction with industry consultants Teneo and formed part of its submission to the Williams Rail Review.
3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).