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McINNES HELPS SECURE NEW CYCLE STORAGE AT ABERDEEN STATION

October 12, 2011 7:08 PM

Pressure from Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP Alison McInnes has helped secure an agreement from ScotRail to install cycle racks within Aberdeen Station.

The new cycle racks are set to be installed next to the steps leading to the Trinity shopping centre.

ScotRail had previously said that security regulations would prevent it from installing racks within the station. But coupled with pressure from cyclists in the city, the company reconsidered itsposition and agreed to install the new facilities.

In a letter to Mrs McInnes, ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery also said that the company is looking to improve the lighting in the area.

Welcoming the decision, Mrs McInnes said: "Until now there has been no provision for cycle storage within Aberdeen Station.

"Stations up and down the country boast such facilities. Indeed, I pass racks holding dozens of bikes inside Waverley Station when I travel up and down to parliament. I am pleased that AberdeenStation will now follow suit.

"The location and the high passing will mean that the site will provide a convenient, covered and secure area for cyclists to leave their bikes. The promise of better lighting would increase securityfor both cyclists and the many shoppers who use the route to access the Trinity Centre.

"Concerns about the price of petrol, congestion and climate change mean that more people are leaving their cars at home and turning to alternatives such as the train or cycling. It is importantthat we help enable people to do so."