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Cyclists benefit from 14m 'hubs'

Thousands of new bicycle parking spaces will be created at stations

Plans for £14m of investment to improve facilities for cyclists who use railway stations have been announced.

Ten stations in England will get "cycle hubs" which will provide storage facilities, repair services and bicycle hire schemes.

The hubs are planned for three London stations as well as Grimsby, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and York stations.

Funding is also available for 10,000 bike parking spaces across the country.

'Green travel'

The government-led project is expected to take two years to complete. Network Rail, Cycling England and several rail operators are also involved.

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said: "More and more people are turning to cycling as a healthy, green and convenient way to travel.

"I want to encourage this choice.

"The aim of the programme is to boost the significant number of people cycling to catch their train. This will tackle congestion, promote rail travel and help people develop healthier lifestyles and protect the environment."

Of the £14m investment £5m will go towards the cycle hubs.

Another £3m will go to creating more than 4,500 additional cycle spaces at stations including Nottingham, Stevenage, Cambridge, Exeter, Scarborough, Sunderland, Barrow-in-Furness, Crewe and Middlesbrough.

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