Cy­cle park­ing bid for rail pas­sen­gers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Emergency Gridlock -

South­east­ern have ap­plied for per­mis­sion to pro­vide a new park­ing fa­cil­ity for peo­ple rid­ing bikes to and from Ash­ford rail­way sta­tion.

The scheme would in­crease bi­cy­cle park­ing at Ash­ford sta­tion by an ad­di­tional 150 spa­ces – in­creas­ing the num­ber to 382.

A spokesman for South­east­ern said: “With an in­creas­ing num­ber peo­ple choos­ing to cy­cle to the sta­tion to link in with train ser­vices, we’re look­ing at op­tions to pro­vide more space for cus­tomers to safely store their bikes.

“The plans re­quire ap­proval be­fore we can process to ten­der, but we hope to lo­cate the park­ing near Car Park A.

“Last year we launched a Bromp­ton Dock bike hire scheme at the sta­tion, so this pro­posal is another ex­am­ple of how we’re in­vest­ing in im­proved ser­vices for our cus­tomers.”

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected on the scheme by Fe­bru­ary 24.

To have your say, visit http:// plan­ning.ash­ford.gov.uk/ and search for ap­pli­ca­tion 01455.

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