Cycle hire at Calderdale stations?

Framework Development. Hebden Bridge Station.
Framework Development. Hebden Bridge Station.

CALDERDALE rail users who want to keep fit could soon be able to take advantage of a new bike hire scheme.

It is based on a Dutch system which makes cycles available to passengers arriving at their destination stations and enables them to be returned to another.

Twenty-five stations across the Northern region could eventually benefit from the scheme, according to transport Minister Norman Baker.

New cycle paths and additional bike hire facilities are part of a £30 million package of developments to connect communities, reduce carbon emissions, get people active and make cycling safer and more convenient.

Four schemes costing £2.2 million in the Yorkshire and Humber area will also promote economic growth by providing commuters with improved sustainable travel options.

Bradford is to benefit from a new network of walking and cycling paths, mainly around Manchester Road Bridge.

Tadcaster will get £200,000 for a new safe, traffic-free, weatherproof route over the river Wharf and the Aire Valley Towpath, in Leeds, will be extended by 2km, with the network 66 towpath going into the city centre.

“These plans will be hugely beneficial, help to create jobs and reduce our carbon footprints while making cycling safer and more convenient,” said Mr Baker.

The Department for Transport has worked with the Association of Train Operating Companies, UK transport charity Sustrans, the Cycle Rail Working Group and councils to design and approve the 68 projects to provide better access for cyclists and pedestrians.

The plans include making bikes storage safer with new cycle racks, the use of CCTV and additional lighting. The funding complements £7 million from Network Rail.