Commuters travelling around Sheffield on their bikes will be able to store them at a new state-of-the-art cycle hub at the city’s railway station.
East Midlands Trains is to spend £2.5 million installing the hubs at Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester, with the aim of opening them at the end of the summer.
The cycle hubs will offer storage facilities for bikes and will contain changing facilities, toilets, bike repair tools and local cycling information for customers.
For cyclists wanting to get their bikes serviced or repaired or for anyone wanting to hire a bike, Russell’s Bicycle Shed will also be opening in conjunction with the cycle hub in May.
Improvements are also going to be made to the access arrangements for taxis, cars and cyclists visiting the station.
The current customer drop off area will become the taxi rank and the staff car park opposite the Q Park multi-storey car park will become a dedicated drop off and pick up area for customers and will also contain a short stay car park for customer use.
Jonny Wiseman, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains said: “These fantastic new facilities will deliver great improvements for those choosing to come to our stations on their bikes. When the work is completed in the summer, we will have doubled our storage capacity to more than 2,500 spaces across the network.
“The improvements will not only benefit cyclists, as the scheme will also deliver improvements to the drop off and taxi areas. By introducing both a dedicated taxi area at the front of the station and a separate drop off zone for passengers it will be easier and safer for all to use.”
The work on the cycle hub and access changes is expected to last 12 weeks.