Chinley commuters urged to get on their bikes

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COMMUTERS are being urged to get on their bikes to help ease parking problems at Chinley Station.

Covered cycle racks have now been put up at the edge of the car park, after many requests from the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group and lengthy discussions with Northern Rail, Derbyshire County Council, and the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Transport Partnership.

This is just the first step by the Group to ease the problems caused by parking and enable better access to the station.

Better bus links, making the station accessible for those with limited mobility or carrying heavy suitcases and car sharing are all issues that the Transport Group are looking into and campaigning for.

“We hope that the cycle racks will help alleviate a problem that has been growing over the years,” said Gill Westall, Chair of the Transport Group.

“More people than ever are taking the train, many travelling quite a distance to get to Chinley because of the fast trains to Stockport in the morning and evenings.

“A lot of Chinley people walk to the station, but if those living a little further away could be persuaded to use a bike instead of a car it will make a lot of difference.”

Gill said while it is not the best time of year to take up cycling, it might encourage some to put a bike on their Christmas list ready for the spring.