CRA 2014 winner - Partnership Working and Local Government Schemes

Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council

‘Access to Stations’ is a partnership between Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council involving four train operating companies, twenty railway stations, Network Rail and nine local authorities. Its objective is to increase customers’ use of trains for daily journeys by addressing the most common barriers to physically accessing stations by bike and on foot. Access to Stations is boosting rail usage while tackling local transport issues, addressing shared objectives of the rail industry and the public sector at the same time. Improving cycle access to rail boosts passenger catchment four-fold and makes rail growth possible without the land and management requirements of car travel. Cycle parking is ten times’ more space efficient and over 20 times’ more cost efficient than car parking per space, promising to increase the volume of rail passengers without strain on the environment.

Through Access to Stations, Swindon, Plymouth, Bedford, Hayle, Chesterfield, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Beaconsfield, Amersham and Exmouth and Exeter Central have increased cycle parking, improved platform access, personalised travel planning, workplace and community engagement, real time passenger information and better integration between bus and rail, with more to follow. Access to Stations is also improving walking and cycling routes, installing safe crossings and improving forecourts. Access to Stations is supported by Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, East Midland Trains and First Capital Connect and backed by Network Rail to deliver work on major changes at the stations. The project is worth £11m, funded by the DfT’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (£4.9m) and local authority match funding.

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