Cycle-rail awards 2014 winners announced
The winners of the 2014 National Cycle Rail Awards demonstrate how the industry has worked together, contributing to the country’s cycling revolution.
Cycle-rail is an industry success story with the number of cycle parking spaces available at stations more than doubling since 2009 to more than 60,000. This has contributed to a record 39.1 million journeys combining bicycle and train being made in the last year, up from 25.2m in 2008.
A joint programme of investment, totalling nearly £30m, from the rail industry and Government is helping to drive and respond to increased demand by funding more and improved cycling facilities across the network.
Since last year’s ceremony, six new full service cycle hubs have been opened, 8,000 cycle spaces have been created and 720 new hire cycles were installed at stations. By 2016, the amount of cycle parking spaces will have increased to 75,000.
Now in their tenth year, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) National Cycle Rail Awards, which are judged in partnership with cycling stakeholders and campaign groups, play a key role in increasing cycle access to the railway by improving communications and the spread of best practice.
A highlight this year was the effort made by train operators to support the delivery of the Grande Depart of the Tour de France in the UK, where hundreds of thousands of additional passengers travelled by train to see the race and cycle carriage across the network was seamlessly maintained.
This year’s winners include:
East Midlands Trains, for its new 400 space cycle hub at Sheffield station.
National Rail Enquiries, for its innovative provision of train specific, cycle carriage information on the National Rail Enquiries mobile app.
Northern Rail, for its contribution towards the transportation of spectators and response to the challenge laid down by the Grade Depart of the Tour de France in the UK.
Sustrans, for the Access to Station programme and partnership working.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Travel by bike and train has never been more popular and I welcome the success of these schemes, which have created high-quality cycle facilities that give people confidence to take their bike to the station. Bike and rail offers one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of travel. By improving the links between them we can make sure people have the option to make healthier and greener travel choices."
Chris Boardman, British Cycling’s policy adviser said: “Trains are the natural partner of walking and cycling, we saw this at the Tour de France with millions out supporting. We now need start building cycling into our roads and junctions so that more people can cycle from their home to their local station. Until we start investing consistently in upgrading this environment cycling will remain inaccessible to the majority.”
Michael Roberts, ATOC chief executive and director general of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “The growth in cycle-rail travel seen over the last year would not have been possible without the dedication, determination and joint working of rail operators, Network Rail and our partners.
“This year’s award winners have made outstanding contributions to cycle-rail in areas covering station infrastructure and facilities, passenger information, and customer service. They are all worthy winners and I congratulate their work.”
The award winners were announced on 26 November at a ceremony hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group. Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman MBE and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill presented the awards. Judges included Tom Bogdanowicz from London Cycling Campaign, Carol McKinley from CTC, Chair of the Cycle-Rail Working Group Philip Darnton, Martin Key from British Cycling, ATOC Head of Integrated Transport Conrad Haigh, and Andrew Forster, Editor of Local Transport Today.
Notes to editors
1. Categories and winners of this year’s awards are:
- Best Customer Service – Winner: Northern – Tour de France
- Partnership Working and Local Government Schemes – Winner: Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council – Access To Stations
- Innovation – Winner: Nation Rail Enquiries – Cycling in the Mobile app
- Cycle Champion – Winner: Stewart McKenna
- Door to Door Journeys including Station Travel Plans – Winner: Sustrans – Swindon’s Station Travel Plan
- London Cycle Parking – Winner: South West Trains – Surbiton
- Cycle Security Award – Winner: Centro – Love Your Bike
- Station of the Year – Winner: East Midlands Trains – Sheffield
- Operator of the Year – Winner: Northern
- Photography Competition – Winner: Phil Dominey, ‘By Royal Appointment’
2. The rail industry has held similar awards since 1997, when the Cycle Mark award was launched. They ran in that form for three years and following a break in 2000 were re-started in 2001. This is the tenth year of ATOC’s involvement and overall running of the National Cycle Rail Awards. Entries and nominations have risen since ATOC became involved, reflecting the industry’s changing approach to cycles and trains. For more information about the awards, visit http://cycle-rail.co.uk.
3. The cross-industry Cycle Rail Working Group was founded by ATOC and includes Network Rail, Transport for London, DfT, Passenger Focus, RSSB and English Heritage.
4. Hi-res photographs will be available to download on 27 November here: http://cycle-rail.co.uk/2014-photos.
The winning entries for the photography competition are also available.