We are excited to announce that we have designed and installed a new cycle hub, including a bike repair stand and a public bike pump at Paddington rail station.
Network rail approached Cyclehoop to find a cycle parking solution for platform 9. Cyclehoop had the challenge of designing a new cycle parking facility with limited space on the platform for additional cycle parking. As Paddington station is a listed building space-efficient two-tier cycle parking could not be installed. The new design had to be approved by Westminster Council as well as Network Rail. Furthermore, the installation had to be undertaken outside normal hours and within four days.
Anthony Lau, Cyclehoop MD explained how they came up with an appropriate solution “We undertook a careful site survey and planning in order to maximise the cycle parking spaces whilst providing permeability and ease of access” Anthony Lau, Cyclehoop MD.
The new cycle hub features an aesthetically pleasing guardrail and barriers within line with the stations traditional interior and is designed in such a way that cyclists could not lock their bike to the handrail or kick the cycle stands. To prevent abandoned bicycles and ensure cyclists can get to their destination a bike repair stand and public bike pump were installed. These are the first of their kind at a major UK rail station.
The response from National Rail has been overwhelmingly positive:
“Before the new cycle racks were installed at Paddington station we had a lot of complaints from cyclists about the cycle parking, which lead to negative customer feedback. As the station is a grade 1 listed building there was many restrictions on what we could do. Cyclehoop listened intently to our problems and presented us with various creative designs. The installation was a dream and we are thrilled with the new cycle racks. It has been a pleasure working with Cyclehoop and we would highly recommend them.” – Nick Hartnell, Station Manager, Paddington Station.
Cyclehoop is also involved in a number of other high profile cycle hubs at train stations. Please contact us for more information.