Bicycle shelter given thumbs up at railway
Cyclists welcome additional bikes space at station
A bicycle shelter is to be installed at Girvan Railway Station.
Planning application for the shelter was submitted to South Ayrshire Council at the end of January with permission being granted on Thursday, March 1.
Installation of the new cycle shed will be to the west of the existing station building on Vicarton Street and will see 16 additional sheltered spaces, alongside the current 10 cycle spaces.
Councillor Alec Clark was pleased with the decision of the added feature.
“It is good news - It’s a great thing for the community,” he said.
“Anything to do with making travel easier, especially environmental travel like a bicycle shelter is very welcome.
“Not only does it support the green credentials of the public but it also supports tourism.”
Cllr Clark continued: “When you think about a bicycle shelter it’s not just for parking your bike, it’s also to support health and fitness.
“So, I’m absolutely delighted and hopefully it’s the start of many more things to come.”
Councillor Peter Henderson agreed that the new hub would add to tourism across the town.
He said: “I am sure that this will enhance tourism opportunities in the area, as well as giving an alternative way to explore the town and surrounding villages.
“It is hoped that it can link with bicycle maintenance courses being run at Girvan academy for students.
“The cycle hub is another small step in regenerating opportunities for Girvan and South Carrick.”
ScotRail Alliance Cycling Manager Kathryn Mackay added: “We want to join up journeys across Scotland – and that includes those journeys that start and end by bike.
“We’re confident that the new cycle spaces at Girvan station will be well received within the local community, and we look forward to continuing to work with them and encouraging more people to cycle as part of their train journey.”
The new spaces are due to be completed and available for use by the end of this month.
I am sure this will enhance tourism opportunities as well as giving an alternative way to explore . . .