The ScotRail Alliance has launched a £400,000 Cycle Fund, as part of its ongoing commitment to improving access and facilities for cyclists at Scotland’s railway stations.
Over the next four years, £100,000 a year will be made available to local councils and community organisations. This funding will be used to deliver projects which contribute to the ScotRail Alliance’s vision of providing a ‘doorstep to destination’ journey for customers, whilst reducing congestion and pollution. The fund will provide up to 50% of project costs.
The fund can be used to support projects which will:
- Improve directions and signs for cyclists to and from stations.
- Upgrade connections between stations and other local services such as schools and town centres.
- Improve marketing and promotion of cycling to stations including digital; or
- Introduce new facilities for customers accessing stations by bike.
ScotRail Alliance Cycling Manager Kathryn Mackay said:
“We’ve delivered an unprecedented investment in cycling in recent years, with the provision of Bike & Go at 12 stations, and over 1,200 extra cycle spaces.
“The £400,000 Cycling Fund will allow us to continue this investment by delivering our vision of a seamless ‘doorstep to destination’ journey for customers. We are encouraging councils and local community groups to take advantage of this great opportunity. It’s all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”
Transport Scotland Head of Rail Franchising Andrew Mackie said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to getting more people to make active travel choices by encouraging modal shift wherever possible. The Cycle Fund offers organisations the opportunity to work with ScotRail to deliver enhanced cycling infrastructure and encourage as many people as possible to integrate cycling into their everyday journeys.
“This is all part of our core vision to make the railway as accessible as possible and jointly supports the Scottish Government’s vision to increase the number of people using rail, and the proportion of journeys made by bike”.