Cycling facilities at Norwich rail station are set to be improved after the Department of Transport awarded over £400,000 to rail operator Greater Anglia.

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The funding has been announced as part of a £62m investment in cycling around the country from the Community Linking Places Fund.

The £424,080 for Norwich will be spent on a 242-space cycle hub with sheltered storage, new signs, CCTV, lighting, bike hire and a new retail area.

Greater Anglia has also been awarded £354,600 for a similar scheme at Ely rail station in Cambridgeshire.

Over the last 12 months the government has announced £107m will be made available for cycling during its parliament.

An allocation of £57m from this has been confirmed today, including:

- Up to three cities will be invited to bid for a fund of up to £30m to make cycling easier and safer for people in urban areas.

- A fund worth up to £12m is being made available to local authorities working in partnership with National Parks to improve conditions for cyclists.

- A £15m boost is being given to the Community Linking Places Fund to support schemes that improve cycle-rail integration and enhance community cycling.

In addition to the £57m allocation, £5m will be added to the fund already earmarked to tackle dangerous junctions, with allocations to follow in the near future.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “We are serious about cycling, as this latest wave of funding shows. We have already seen how schemes can quickly deliver economic and environmental benefits, as well as improving public health.

“Anyone who rides a bike will know it is important to keep the impetus going and this record level of funding will provide a shot in the arm to cycling in England.

“Our ambition is to get people cycling more safely and more often and today’s announcements will help us to make that vision a reality.”

8 comments

  • That's the way to do it. Forget those forever deferred improvements to the railways themselves that people expend so much hot air on periodically, but which are never ever put in place, and instead why not find something a trifle less pressing to squander money on. I mean it's growing on trees at the moment, haven't you heard.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • what a waste of cash, why not build a velodrome in Norwich for that amount of cash.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • I find this a complete p1ss take! So the goverment have jointly invested the best part of 1m for bicycles!!!!!!! Does anyone see this as counter productive bearing in mind the actual infrastructure needs massively updaing to bring it in line with modern rail technology......wow just wow!

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    Donna Edwards

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • It's a shame Greater Anglia don't concentrate on running a better train service. Then again biking to norwich is probably more comfortable than standing all the way there and back on match days from cromer

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    ncfc

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • That works out at £1752.39 per bike for Norwich.

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    ggj666

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • A nice cycle way along the Holt Road from Horsford to the City would be a nicer idea.

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    Dennis Kemp

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Marriotts Way is covered in bumps caused by tree roots, you can't access the bike path at the Longwater roundabout from the road, bike lanes are routinely obscured by motorists, and drivers pay scant regard to the safety of cyclists. But the government is going to ensure that those that dare to venture out can put their bike somewhere at the station. Wow.

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    Burning Spear

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Marriotts Way is covered in bumps caused by tree roots, you can't access the bike path at the Longwater roundabout from the road, bike lanes are routinely obscured by motorists, and drivers pay scant regard to the safety of cyclists. But the government is going to ensure that those that dare to venture out can put their bike somewhere at the station. Wow.

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    Burning Spear

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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