Train Operators, Stations And Local Authorities Crowned Winners At Annual Cycle-Rail Awards08/11/2005
Partnership, co-operation and consultation are at the heart of this year’s ATOC National Cycle-Rail Awards.
Entries received from all over Britain revealed the sheer scale of the often unheralded work being carried out by organisations up and down the country to promote the integration of cycling and rail travel.
That work includes a range of initiatives from large scale and long-term projects to smaller single station works.
The recurring theme for the 2005 awards has been a partnership or collaborative approach to integration, with local authorities, train operators and passenger or cycling user groups working together to achieve sustainable results.
The independent panel of judges praised all those who entered the awards, sponsored for the first time by the Association of Train Operating Companies, for their dedication and determination to make the use of bikes and trains a viable option.
The winners of the ATOC National Cycle Rail Awards 2005 are:
Station of the Year – Ely (one) and Brighton London Road (Southern)
Best Local Government Contribution - West Sussex Country Council
Highly commended – Brighton & Hove Council
Customer Service – First ScotRail
Highly commended – GNER
Innovation – GNER
Highly commended – South West Trains
Derek Twigg, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, will present the ATOC National Cycle-Rail Awards in London on Tuesday 7 November 2005.
Derek Twigg said: "It's extremely encouraging to see so many examples of improved facilities for cyclists across the rail network. Interest in cycling is high amongst commuters, which is why we've supported cycle parking and CCTV at over 100 stations and leisure users are also benefiting from our investment.
ATOC Director General, George Muir said: “It is ATOC’s aim to make rail easier to use for cyclists. In doing so, the industry can offer an acceptable and healthy alternative to the car.
“Recent figures suggest that approximately 40,000 people a day are using bikes to access railway stations in London and the south east alone. That number is growing, as is cycle usage throughout the rest of the country as better facilities are provided.
“Today’s awards prove what can be done to improve facilities and care for cyclists using the railway. My congratulations to all entrants and especially to the winners, who fully deserve the accolades for their hard work.”
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