Big Local supports the new Cleethorpes Cycle Hub as the project gets underway

Big Local North Cleethorpes have committed a significant sum of money recently to support a major development project in Cleethorpes bringing the old Cleethorpes Station ticket office back into use as a “Cycle Hub”.

It’s taken a lot of planning and cooperation to arrive at this point, but this longer term project is now underway. The old ticket office will be renovated and will open up as a Cycle Hub in a bid to encourage more people “explore the coast” on two wheels. The new Cleethorpes Cycle Hub will be operated by the group behind the successful Grimsby Cycle Hub, which offers secure cycle storage, cycle repairs, bike hire and local information as well as other community based cycle activities in and around the borough, and this model will be replicated in Cleethorpes.

The project has been years in the planning but now contractors have been appointed there will be around seven months of building work with the hope of opening the new Cycle Hub later in the summer of 2018.

The commitment of funds from Big Local North Cleethorpes is just part of wider funding commitments from the National Station Improvement Programme, Department for Transport’s Sustainable Travel Access fund, North East Lincolnshire Council’s Capital Programme, Coastal Communities Fund and a Railway Heritage Trust grant. But the team at Big Local have been behind this project since the outset, have had money allocated to the project in our Community Plans and are really pleased to now be able to help support the project as it gets underway.

An article on the Grimsby Telegraph recently highlighted the project as it starts up – read that here.

The project will see a complete restoration to the former ticket office – including the retention of some period features – to form a dedicated cycle storage area, fully equipped workshop and office facilities.

Janine Walker, managing director at Grimsby Cycle Hub, said: “We hope that the new Hub in Cleethorpes will encourage more people to explore the resort by bike.

“Visitors arriving at the station by train or at the nearby Grant Street car park will be able to pop into the Hub and pick up a bike for the duration of their stay and explore the coast and countryside around North East Lincolnshire on two wheels.”

The overall redevelopment project is led by North East Lincolnshire Council working in partnership with ENGIE and the project is supported by Network Rail, Transpennine Express, the Railway Heritage Trust, Big Local North Cleethorpes and the team at Grimsby Cycle Hub.

Further progress reports will follow this exciting project.