New bike hire facility earmarked for Clapham Junction
7:00am Friday 7th December 2012 in News
Transport for London (TfL) is now considering plans for a Barclays Cycle Hire facility at Clapham Junction Station.
If approved the docking station would be on Grant Road, next to the station.
Earlier this year the transport authority highlighted a shortlist of potential docking station sites which would be installed across the north of Wandsworth.
The popular bike sharing scheme is due to expand into south west London by spring 2014, including parts of Putney, Wandsworth Town and Battersea.
Following talks with the council, local residents and the Wandsworth Cycling Campaign, TfL has added the new site at Clapham Junction to the shortlist along with additional docking stations at Ram Street in Wandsworth Town and Abyssinia Road in Clapham Junction.
All of the sites highlighted so far are just proposals at this stage and may be subject to change.
Every site will require planning permission before it can be installed.
Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman Councillor Russell King said: “Local people are genuinely excited at the prospect of Boris Bikes coming to their neighbourhood.
"Selecting the best possible sites will be key to the scheme’s success and we’re continuing to work with TfL to fine-tune the shortlist.
“Clapham Junction is an extremely busy transport hub and it’s very encouraging that potential sites have been identified a short distance from the Grant Road entrance.
"Nothing can be confirmed at this early stage but we’re confident TfL will explore every option for a facility at the station.
“Looking further ahead, the council will continue to lobby the Mayor to expand cycle hire right the way across the borough.
"This is a terrific first step but the job’s not finished until every part of Wandsworth has easy access to this exciting new transport option.”
A map of the shortlisted docking station sites for the 2014 roll out is available on the council’s website. The map does not include the additional sites highlighted above.
The expanded scheme includes the part of Wandsworth which lies east of Putney High Street and north of the South Circular.
Around 60 docking stations would be installed across this area.
To have your say on the possible site locations email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the council's transport development plans visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices.
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