Cycle Rail Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 National Cycle Rail Awards have once again demonstrated how the industry has worked together to contribute 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 63,000. This has contributed to a record 38million journeys combining bicycle and train being made in the last year.  

Now in their 11th 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. 

This year’s winners include: 

  • Citymapper for its journey planning app;
  • Northern Rail for its integrated approach to cycling in Greater Manchester; 
  • Arriva Trains Wales for improvements to cycle provision at Chester Railway Station; 
  • British Transport Police British for ‘Operation Lock-It’; 
  • Brighton - Station of the Year.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of ATOC and the Rail Delivery Group, said:  

“The record growth in people using cycles as part of their rail journeys during the last year would not have been possible without the dedication, determination and joint working of train operators, Network Rail and our partners both inside and outside the rail industry.  

“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.” 

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: 

“Travel by bike and train has never been more popular, with the improved cycling provision at railway stations helping passengers make greener choices for longer journeys. Thanks to government spending we have more cycle spaces at stations than ever before and it’s great to see how innovative and ambitious the industry can be to encourage even more rail passengers to get on their bikes.”

The rail industry has more than doubled the number of cycle spaces at rail stations in the last five years from 25,000 to more than 63,000, and that number is set to rise to 75,000 by 2017. 

In March this year the Department for Transport announced that a further £14.5 million had been granted to improve cycle facilities at railway stations. This will build upon the great work that has already been done and help to make further significant improvements to cycle-rail facilities across the country in the coming years. 

The award winners were announced on 25 November at a ceremony hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and sponsored by Cyclepods.

The awards were presented by Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of ATOC and the Rail Delivery Group, and Alex Clark MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group. Judges included Tom Bogdanowicz, London Cycling Campaign; Carol McKinley,  CTC; Phillip Darnton, Cycle-Rail Working Group chair; Martin Key, British Cycling; Conrad Haigh, ATOC; Robert Jack, Passenger Transport magazine; Mark Trevethan and Mark Peyton, Transport for London; Martyn Brunt, Sustrans; and Sharon Goodsell, Department for Transport. 

The full list of award winners, photographs and more information is here



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