Helping Deliver New Cycle Storage Hubs at Major UK Stations
Rail sign manufacturer Merson ASG has been working with Abellio Greater Anglia and Merseyrail on the provision of signage for a new concept set to improve security and make the rail network more accessible for cycling commuters.

In recent years the proportion of cyclists in the UK has increased dramatically, with the latest statistical data produced for British Cycling revealing that over 2 million people in the UK cycle regularly.

The spread of cycling’s popularity amongst commuters has seen bike ownership soar in recent years. Not just because it is a much cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative, but also due to the number of health-related benefits. A recent survey in the UK concluded that people cycling to work are more energetic and productive in their daily tasks, making cycling a good thing for business.

The UK are following the example set from other leading European cities in this field as they embark on a programme to make improvements to boost the facilities and infrastructure for people to combine cycling with their rail travel. Concerns over the security of their bicycle is a factor that stops many people from cycling to work, and this concern is not unfounded; a report published in September 2015 revealed that nearly 400,000 bicycles a stolen each year.

In a bid to overcome these statistics, a focus on providing secure options for bicycle security at stations has led to funding from the Department of Transport for the development of well-equipped cycle storage on behalf of Train Operating Companies. This is part of an on-going scheme to promote cycle-commuting across the UK, and Merson ASG are thrilled to be contributing their signage services to such an important initiative.

For many years Merson ASG have provided small-scale cycle signage as part of larger railway station developments, so they were delighted to be awarded the contract to design, manufacture and install the signage for the new Cyclepoint at Cambridge Station, on behalf of Abellio Greater Anglia. On completion this new facility spanned three floors, has created space for 2850 cycles each day and is secure with CCTV and a sophisticated key system for users. Following a thorough sign planning and approval process, this project was complete in only 4 weeks, and it doesn’t end there.

A commission from Merseyrail, which will involve the manufacture and installation of new, and existing cycle storage signage to all 55 stations on the network has followed Merson ASG’s work at Cambridge. Merson ASG were contracted to survey each station and after successfully completing two pilot stations were then contracted to deliver this large scale roll out. In addition to the original scope of work, Merson ASG enhanced the project by designing a totem sign to display the local places of interest and cycle paths that users may like to visit on their hired bicycles, which was a well-received addition to the station’s wider wayfinding scheme.

There is no question that these practical improvements happening at stations across the UK are on course to deliver a much more successful Bike-Rail integration, which will in time undoubtedly change the way that people commute to and from work.

Stuart Dodds, Merson ASG’s Business Development Director and Project Lead said:

“There are many keen cyclists in our own team and we are proud to endorse two Cycle to Work schemes, which have been very well-received. Merson ASG has several other cycle signage projects in the pipeline and we are pleased to be involved in such a rapidly-evolving area of signage demand.”