Big Local supports Cleethorpes Cycle Hub to bring station building back to life

The Cycle Hub CIC has finally realised its dream to open a branch at Cleethorpes Station as a long-term development project finally opens up an old station building for a new use.

The former station master’s office at Cleethorpes railway station has been undergoing a major redevelopment so that it can open us as a Cycle Hub for commuters and the community.

http://www.grimsbycyclehub.org.uk/Cycle Hub CIC has been running the hub at Grimsby railway station for over five years now and the vision was to renovate the Cleethorpes building to open a branch in Cleethorpes. The new facility will allow people to hire, park and repair bicycles in Cleethorpes for the first time.

The redevelopment project has cost around £500k and has been a partnership effort. Network Rail contributed £340k to the project and £50k came from the Railway Heritage fund.

However, £20k was also contributed by Big Local North Cleethorpes (BLNC) to the project with the very specific purpose of building a proper cycle ramp to permit easy access to the station concourse for cyclists and community alike.

John Mooney, development worker for Big Local, said: “It is brilliant. We gave £20,000 for a ramp so that riders can go from the station onto the North Prom without having to use steps. Since the ramp has been in place we’ve also had plenty of feedback that disabled uses, families with children and pushchairs and everyone else is having a much easier time accessing the station. We already know that local businesses have even noticed the effect. Our small investment to this project has already had a huge impact before the Cycle Hub even opened!”

Janine Walker, managing director of the Cycle Hub for Grimsby and Cleethorpes, said she was thrilled to be opening the new facility and encouraged people to use it for hiring bikes, parking bikes and for repairs.

“It is wonderful how some of the old features have been retained including the ticket master’s window and lights,” she said.

The story about the opening just made it into the Grimsby Telegraph here.

New frontage for the Cycle Hub Cleethorpes
The ramp paid for with BLNC money