One (the train operator) and Ely Rail Station were awarded ‘Best Cycle-Rail Station’ at the National Cycle-Rail Awards 2005 hosted by Association of Train Operating Companies. The National Rail Cycle Awards reward the work of individuals and companies all over Britain to increase and promote opportunities for people to use bicycles and trains when making a journey. Ely Rail Station was considered for the award because of ‘significant improvements in cycle parking at the station over the last year’.
The station’s cycle facilities have been boosted significantly by a £15,000 investment from train operator ‘one’ and partnerships with with East Cambs Disctrict Council & Cambridgeshire County Council and supported by the Strategic Rail Authority and Department for Transport under their cycle parking scheme. There are now over 200 cycle parking spaces, 80 of which are covered, with ramped access to all platforms at the station, which has CCTV coverage.
The judges were very impressed by the scale of the investment made by ‘one’ and the number of spaces for cycles at a station of its size and location and applauded the commitment of all involved in the various schemes.
Clive Morris, ‘one’ route director – rural, said, “I am delighted that our work at Ely has received this accolade as joint winner of the Best Station award at the National Cycle-Rail Awards 2005. The award provides deserved recognition Station Manager Dave Funnell and all the employees based at Ely itself – for their contribution to the cycle improvements at Ely. I also pay tribute to the partnership and funding support from East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, whose involvement was integral to our initiative to improve cycle facilities.”