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Transform briefs parliament ahead of debate on Cycle Capacity on Scotland’s Railways

Published 24 May 2017 by Jamie Wylie

Transform Scotland has today issued a briefing to all MSPs ahead of a debate on cycle capacity on rail services in Scotland.

The debate focuses on concerns that commitments made on the number of bike spaces on rail services north of the Central Belt were being weakened. Concerns had been raised that this could hinder the development of cycle tourism and cycling as a means of commuting to work.

The key points raised in our briefing are:

  • We welcome the introduction of the Class 125 HST trains to the inter-city rail routes in Scotland. They will deliver a better quality for services north of the Central Belt and will boost passenger numbers
  • There is a need to upgrade infrastructure to allow rail to compete with the car and decrease journey times
  • Cycle tourism contributes £345 million to the Scottish economy. Cycle carriage on trains should be considered in the context of cycle tourism with the aim of developing this market.
  • The limited cycle capacity offered at intermediate stations appears to compromise the passenger offering as a way of speeding up journey times. We do not believe that this is right way to reduce journey times: infrastructure improvements should be the focus.

To read the briefing in full, see here.