Poole Rail Station passengers can now benefit from investment in a new bus and cycle shelter.
The new shelter is great news for the increasing numbers of rail passengers choosing to use Poole Station as it provides a combined bus and cycle shelter with space for 60 bikes. The investment follows a successful joint bid from Borough of Poole and South West Trains to the Department for Transport’s Cycle Rail Fund.
The covered cycle shelter has double deck racks and has been conveniently located right next to the station’s booking office and main platform entrance. It replaces three cycle hoops that could accommodate six bikes therefore giving a tenfold increase in capacity.
This new bike storage will help meet growing demand in Poole, where cycling has increased by 83% in the last decade. It compliments ongoing investment in cycle routes in the town with an attractive network of 85km of cycle lanes now available.
Cllr Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "We are delighted to work in partnership with South West Trains and secure the funding to deliver these key improvements. Rail passengers are already using a sustainable mode of transport and this will further encourage commuters to get on a bike or bus to the station. It only takes ten minutes to cycle two miles, which is often faster than travelling by car and now there is more space to secure your bike at the station."
Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of Transport Focus launched the shelter and said: "Our research clearly shows passengers want more choices when it comes to getting to the station. Improving cycle parking is a winner. The Poole shelters are great: good quality, well lit and in clear view. I hope they fill up soon! It was a privilege to cut the ribbon."
The new integrated bus shelter at Poole Rail Station is served by the Council’s popular Route ONE town centre service which carries 180,000 passengers per annum. The distinctive blue hopper buses operate every 15 minutes in the daytime linking the station with the town’s main attractions including the Quay and Poole Park. The bus also provides an invaluable link to the station for commuters from Poole Quarter and the Parkstone Road residential areas, plus the Hospital too.
Poole has enjoyed the highest increase in bus patronage in the country in the last decade (outside of London), from 5.3m journeys in 2004/5 to 10.2m in 2014/5. This has been achieved through a package of measures with the bus operators and includes significant investment in waiting facilities. The new bus shelter at the station incorporates comfortable seating and the latest real time display giving up to the minute information on bus departures.
Branksome Station rail passengers have also benefited from a doubling of the size of their cycle shelter to twenty covered spaces.
South West Trains Project Manager, Hana Pelosi-Fear said: “Good cycle facilities are vital for people choosing to travel to the station by bike. With over 1.2 million passengers using Poole station every year, these facilities provide a welcome boost to people choosing to use this green, sustainable mode of transport to get to the station. We're pleased to be working closely with the Council to provide improved facilities and passengers can feel confident leaving their cycles knowing they will be safe and protected from the elements until they return.
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of morebus added: “This is excellent news for passengers in Poole. These new facilities will make it easier than ever for local people and visitors to take advantage of sustainable transport here.
“We work in close partnership with Borough of Poole, with a commitment to investing in our bus operations and ensuring comprehensive services across the town. Our commercially-driven approach is helping to achieve this. Passenger journeys here have risen more quickly than anywhere else in the country. And I look forward to seeing these figures rise still further in the future.”