It’s Bike & no- Go at rail­way sta­tion

Cen­tre is shut over mys­tery elec­tri­cal is­sue

Ayrshire Post - - News - Stephen Hous­ton

A so- called bike ‘ hub’ has been locked up for MONTHS due to an elec­tri­cal fault.

And the Ac­tive Travel Hub at Ayr Rail­way Sta­tion has been branded a “white ele­phant on wheels.”

When it opened in March last year the cycling char­ity Sus­trans hoped the ‘ Bike & Go’ scheme would “en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents, em­ploy­ees, stu­dents and visi­tors to the area to travel by foot or by bike for more of the jour­neys they make every day.”

Shut­ters re­main down on the 40- foot of­fice, for­merly a ship­ping con­tainer, with no ex­pla­na­tion for would- be cy­clists.

Nowhere on the Hub’s Face­book page does it say the cen­tre has been shut up.

Peo­ple are left with a mo­bile num­ber which of­ten goes onto an­swer ma­chine.

In re­al­ity staff are work­ing from an anony­mous of­fice within the doomed Burns House coun­cil block nearby.

A spokesman for South Ayr­shire Coun­cil ad­mit­ted: “Elec­tri­cal work has been un­der­taken at the Ac­tive Travel Hub and the ser­vice has been op­er­at­ing out of the nearby Burns House. Nor­mal ser­vice will be re­sumed at the hub very shortly.”

It can cost un­der £ 4 a day to hire the sturdy ma­chines, com­plete with lug­gage car­ri­ers and run- flat tyres.

A pub­licly un­known amount of cash - cer­tainly tens of thou­sands of pounds - has been put into the scheme through Sus­trans, the Ayr­shire Roads Al­liance and South Ayr­shire Coun­cil.

Of­ten the bike rack is filled with the en­tire com­ple­ment of ten bikes.

When it launched 14 months ago two staff were based at the hub of­fice and they were also to pro­vide point­ers and other route and tourist in­for­ma­tion.

But a town cen­tre source said: “This has be­come a joke, the shut­ters are con­stantly down and there is not even a note say­ing why or that you can still hire a bike.

“There are ten red bikes chained up on the stands - and I can tell you it seems there are al­ways ten red bikes chained up.

“I think I once saw a young lady on one. I know some are cer­tainly be­ing hired, but who has ac­tu­ally seen any of them be­ing ped­alled through the boule­vards of Ayr?

“This is a white ele­phant on wheels.”

At the time of the launch coun­cil­lor Ian Cochrane claimed: “Our main ob­jec­tive is to pro­mote sus­tain­able forms of travel such as cycling and walk­ing across South Ayr­shire and the Bike& Go scheme will help us achieve this am­bi­tion.”

This has be­come a joke, the shut­ters are con­stantly down

Chained up The Ac­tive Travel Hub at Ayr rail­way sta­tion

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