Gong for Brompton Dock at the National Cycle Rail Awards

Brompton Dock won the award for innovation at this year's awards

Gong for Brompton Dock at the National Cycle Rail Awards

A revolutionary automated bike hire scheme and the addition of 2,000 cycle spaces across one operator’s network were some of the achievements celebrated at this year’s National Cycle Rail Awards, sponsored in part by CTC.

The Awards, which are run by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), recognise the work being done by train companies, associated industry groups and individuals across the country to encourage the combined use of cycle and rail travel. The rail industry is always looking for ways to work with local individuals and groups to improve access, security and information for passengers who want to get in the saddle.

CTC's Chief Executive Gordon Seabright, was one of the judges on the panel. The winners were:

  • Best Customer Service (sponsored by Brompton Dock) – winner: South West Trains
  • Best Local Government Scheme (sponsored by Landor) – winner: Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub
  • Innovation (sponsored by Abellio) – winner: Brompton Dock Hire
  • Cycling Champion (sponsored by First Group) – winner: Paul Best, Southern Railways
  • Station of the Year (sponsored by Network Rail) – winner: Southport Cycle Centre
  • Operator of the Year (sponsored by Cyclepods) – winner: Southern Railway
  • Best Station Travel Plan for Cycling (sponsored by Easitnetwork) – winner: Colchester
  • Partnership Working (sponsored by Falco) – winner: East Midlands Trains and Councils
  • London Cycle Parking Award (sponsored by Transport for London) – winner Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub
  • Summer of Cycling Award (sponsored by First Great Western) – winner South West Trains

I am really impressed with the work being done across the industry to encourage the use of bikes to get to and from the station by improving facilities for cyclists at stations. This great work gives people more choice on how they make their door-to-door journey as well as making it easier for passengers to make greener transport choices. I hope that the success showcased here today will encourage others across the industry to take similar steps to encourage more of their passengers to leave the car at home and get to the station on two wheels.”

Norman Baker MP, Transport Minister

Train companies understand that cycling offers passengers a low cost way to travel, has considerable health benefits and is environmentally friendly. The Awards show the continuing progress that is being made in developing new facilities for cyclists by working closely with local communities.

Southern Railways award of 'Operator of the Year' comes despite their idiotic cycle policy during the Olympics, when all bikes were banned, and their more recent enforcement of the policy on cycling which requires people to fold their bikes on the concourse and carry them to the train.

The winners were announced on Wednesday 14th November at a ceremony hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, with a presentation from Transport Minister Norman Baker. Full details on each scheme are explained below.

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