Electric bikes coming to Honiton and Cranbrook railway stations as part of £1m scheme

Commuters can step off a train and onto an electric bicycle at Honiton and Cranbrook railway stations as part of a £1million scheme.

Both towns have been chosen to host zero-carbon Co-bikes hubs.

A 20-cycle station will be installed at Cranbrook, with a further 10 in Honiton.

South Western Railway (SWR) has secured more than £1million in grants to improve cycle-rail connectivity across its network.

Co-bikes electric cycles are coming to Honiton and Cranbrook.

Co-bikes electric cycles are coming to Honiton and Cranbrook.

County and district councils, the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone and Lidl have provided matched-funding for the Hontion and Cranbrook facilities.

Andrew Ardley, regional development manager at SWR, said: “Onward travel from stations to local employment sites and other key destinations is an essential part of the total product that the railway offers – it doesn’t just start and end at the station.

“Our customers are already benefitting from this network at Exeter St David’s and Central – the addition of Cranbrook and Honiton will significantly expand our offer in East Devon, enabling customers to access major employers such as Lidl’s distribution centre and East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) new offices.

“We look forward to working with Co-bikes and Devon County Council (DCC) on a further site at Pinhoe station. The e-bikes are a major step forward in comfort and ease of use.”

Honiton Railway Station

Honiton Railway Station

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member with responsibility for cycling, said: “It’s encouraging to see the Co-bikes network expanding across the county, giving people more travel choices and helping tackle congestion and carbon dioxide emissions in Devon.”

Councillor Geoff Jung, environment portfolio holder for EDDC, said: “Providing this eco-friendly option for train travellers arriving at our stations makes perfect sense.”

Co-bikes is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Exeter. All of the cycles are powered by renewable energy.

Mark Hodgson, managing director of Co-cars and Co-bikes, added: “I am absolutely delighted to add two such important locations to the Co-bikes network, giving both residents and commuters a sustainable first/last mile commuting option from these two busy train stations.”

The 11 railway stations chosen by SWR to receive funding for Co-bikes are Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Cranbrook, Dorchester South, Gillingham, Honiton, Parkstone, Salisbury, Wareham, Weymouth and Winchester.

Co-bikes at Honiton and Cranbrook railway stations can be rented from the station using the ‘nextbike’ app and will cost £1 per 20 minutes, or a day rate of £24. A £10 deposit is required.

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