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Redevelopment of the station ticket office into a Cycle Hub for Cleethorpes with investment from partners including Big Local

Big Local North Cleethorpes has been supporting the initiative to redevelop the old ticket office at Cleethorpes Railway Station into a Cycle Hub by investing £20k into the project.

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.

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.

How we originally started reporting the redevelopment of the Cycle Hub back in March 2018.

Big Local North Cleethorpes is supporting the initiative to redevelop the old ticket office at Cleethorpes Railway Station into a Cycle Hub.

The project has been planned for many years whilst partners, funding and permission all comes together, and the work to start the conversion officially got underway at the beginning of 2018.

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 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.

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.

In the Press

March 2019 – the Cycle Hub opens. Read the article in the Telegraph here.

An article on the Grimsby Telegraph highlighted the project as it started up – read that here

Find out about the Cycle Hub

The Cleethorpes Cycle Hub is operated by the CIC that currently runs the Grimsby Cycle Hub.

Supported by Big Local

BLNC has provided £20k of capital funding to support this project by building the access ramp.

Front of the new Cycle Hub March 2019

Cleethorpes Railway Station ticket office as of March 2018 before conversion to a Cycle Hub

The access ramp paid for by BLNC which now provides easy access to the concourse and to the Cycle Hub.

In our own blog: