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Another bike hub opens in Manchester – this time at Altrincham Interchange

TfGM want it to encourage people to cycle part of their commute rather than driving

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
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • City Tower, Manchester
  • Eccles
  • Hazel Grove
  • Leigh
  • MediaCityUK
  • Oxford Road
  • Rochdale
  • 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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pmanc | 8 years ago

As pauldavies83 has already pointed out, the biggest flagship hubs were not only expensive to build - cycle funding which could/should have been spent on safe infrastructure for everyone - but they are expensive to use.

Not only does the city centre one, "City Tower", cost at least £100pa (basic rate) but it closes at 5pm on weekends (8pm weekdays).  No access.  Can you imagine a carpark working on that basis?

Meanwhile the city centre itself is basically impermeable on a bike, and the council have been using a quadricycle to advertise ways they've been making it more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.




Accessibility f... | 8 years ago

The really annoying thing about this scheme is that to build the new interchange the council had the main road outside it torn up for weeks.  But have they built any safe cycling infrastructure to enable people to get to the interchange?  Have they hell.  There's absolutely nothing.  Seriously, zero.  But hey, we now have a very large taxi rank where diesel black cabs can park all day, so that's ok.

You wouldn't build a car park that was serviced by dirt tracks only, so why build a cycle hub that's serviced by 40mph four-lane dual carriageways?

pauldavies83 | 8 years ago

Guys, the second paragraph is totally incorrect.

To use the MediaCityUK or City Tower hubs, you need a specific membership for those hubs which is a minimum of £100. MCUK/City users can use all other hubs, but £10 members can only use other £10 hubs 

CXR94Di2 | 8 years ago

Maybe Slough councillors(2 max, not a jolly party) should pay a visit to GM, via Copenhagen

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