Work will soon be commencing on the £24m refurbishment of the roof at Bristol Temple Meads station and as part of this work a new temporary cycle storage facility is being built.
With a capacity of over 450 cycles, the new temporary facility will match that on platforms 3 and 4.
The new facility outside the station on Friary will have a 2 tier rack system, will be sheltered, lit and have CCTV monitoring and opens on Saturday 6th September.
Any bikes remaining on platforms 3 and 4 will need to be collected before Sunday 6th September, otherwise, they will be moved to a secure location. They will be kept for 2 months, after which they will be donated to a charity.
The cycle parking on Station Approach will remain the same and will be still open to passengers.
Andy Phillips, Network Rail’s Bristol Temple Meads station manager, said: “We understand how much cyclists value the convenience of the cycle storage facilities that are available at the station and we want to provide the best possible experience for passengers by making the transition to the new location as smooth as possible.
“If passengers miss the initial deadline to collect them, they can rest assured that their bikes will be kept securely by the station team until Friday 6 November. All they will need to do is talk to a member of staff who will happily help reunite them.”
Claire King, GWR’s regional manager, said: “We’re excited to support the transformation of Bristol Temple Meads and recognise the need for platforms to remain safe and accessible during this work.
“Moving the bike storage facilities will allow station users to move about more freely and safely when the scaffolding is put later this year.
“I’d also like to remind those using our services that cycle space is limited on board trains and you will need to book a cycle reservation in advance should you wish to travel with your bike.”
Superintendent Mark Cleland, force lead for cycle crime at British Transport Police, said: “We’re working closely with Network Rail to ensure bike security at the new storage facility with high-visibility patrols, surveillance and educational events.
“To help us deter crime, we recommend that cyclists consider using more than one recognised security standard lock, such as a D lock, to secure their bike, and get their bikes securely marked and registered at www.bikeregister.com. Getting your bike registered helps police trace recovered cycles and return them to their owners, while also making your property less appealing to would-be thieves.”
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