Ealing Council’s new covered cycle hub has been opened at North Acton Station ready for commuters to use.
The cycle hub is a huge improvement on existing facilities and is another step in the councils programme to make Ealing more cyclist friendly and reduce the number of journeys made by car.
The design has been carefully planned to meet the needs of the cyclists. Planters and landscaping have also been included within the shelters help to preserve and enhance the look of the area surrounding the station.
Ealing Council secured £150,000 Transport for London (TfL) funding earlier this year towards delivering the hub, which includes works to help facilitate the future Station Square project, a community space for the growing neighbourhood. The creation of this facility is part of the council’s Cycling Strategy which aims to encourage more people to take to two wheels as their regular mode of transport.
As one of TfL’s ‘Biking Boroughs’, the council is focused on creating a local culture of cycling.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve opened our second bike hub in the borough, offering secure, covered cycle parking for cyclists. In the next few months we’ll also be adding another Brompton Dock folding bike hire facility. Cycling in the borough has never been better or easier to get into.”
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “What better way to avoid traffic jams or queues at bus stops than cycling? This exciting new facility will give cyclists leaving their own bikes there peace of mind and people hiring cycles will be able to fold them up and take them on public transport.”
David Rowe, head of borough projects and programmes at Transport for London said: “We know that more than half of the potentially cyclable trips in the capital are in outer London, so we are pleased that our support has resulted in the completion of such a vital project. We have no doubt that the new cycle hub at North Acton station will bring noticeable benefits to the local community and will have a significant impact in encouraging the growth of cycling in the area.”