Feature helps cyclists push bikes up stairs easily... unless they're too close to handrail or too slippery, that is...

‘Bicycle gutters’ installed on a staircase leading to a bridge between platforms at Cambridge railway station as part of its £16.7 million revamp are to be replaced following complaints from cyclists.

Cambridge News reports that the channels, which accommodate the width of a tyre enabling cyclists to push their bikes up the staircase without having to bump them up the steps themselves, have attracted particular criticism since bicycles kept sliding off them.

It adds that they have already been moved once because they were installed too close to the handrail, rendering them useless.

Local MP Dr Julian Huppert, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, approached station operator Greater Anglia to ask it to take action after he had received complaints on the issue from some of his constituents.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “We are working with Network Rail looking at another practical modification to the cycle channels to reflect some of the further feedback we have had from users.”

Dr Huppert commented: “I am delighted that Greater Anglia has recognised this problem and plans to take action to remedy it.”

In March this year, it was revealed that Cambridge station is to get a £2.5 million cycle point including parking for up to 3,000 bicycles, with the adequacy of provision of adequate parking facilities at the station the subject of a long-running campaign by local cyclists.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.