Altrincham Interchange – a major transport hub in South Manchester, which is served by bus, rail and the Metrolink – now has a secure bike facility as well. The new cycle hub, opened this week, has 56 parking spaces, space to store helmets and other cycling accessories, and is protected by CCTV and swipecard access.
Membership of Altrincham Cycle Hub is available from £10 a year and also allows you to use other Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) cycle hubs, such as the 24-hour facility at MediaCityUK.
TfGM Committee Chair, Councillor Andrew Fender, said:
“The new cycle hub is great news for Altrincham, adding the final touch to the fantastic new transport interchange. Cycling is a really important part of the transport jigsaw and being able to leave your bike in safety at the new hub will make it much easier to commute by bike.
“It's right next to the railway station and Metrolink stop, so I’d encourage people to think about getting out of their cars and on their bike for the first and last part of their commute or leisure journey.”
The £19m transport interchange opened last December. Among the new features are 53 solar panels on the roof of the concourse, generating more than 9,500kWh of electricity a year, saving 5.5 tonnes of CO2.
Other Greater Manchester cycling hubs can be found at:
- Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange
- Ashton-under-Lyne Train Station
- City Tower, Manchester
- Hazel Grove
- Oxford Road
- Salford Central
Two more facilities are planned for Sale and Stockport.
Last month, we reported that a £150,000 cycle hub in Slough was yet to be used by a single person. It was suggested by Slough Borough Council’s transport team that pricing and awareness were the major issues.
Although membership of the Slough facility is £10 a year, there is a supplementary £2 charge each time the facility is used.
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