New secure cycle storage at station

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Bikes can now be left secure and out of the rain thanks to a new cycle storage facilities at St Annes rail station.

CCTV is also being installed to cover the bike store and the rest of the station.

The storage facility has been funded and installed by Northern Rail as part of its on-going station improvement programme. A similar structure has been installed at Lytham Station.

Information screens are to also be installed shortly for the benefit of passengers, providing them with more up-to-date information about train times and train running.

The new facilities come on top of work undertaken by the friends of St Annes station and volunteers from St Annes In Bloom who have been working to make the station and the area around it more attractive.

New planters have been added to the station forecourt and fencing and bird boxes attached to trees.

Coun Tony Ford, chairman of the South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership, said: “It is pleasing to see these on-going improvements at St Annes and other stations along this route. Information screens and CCTV will give the travelling public more confidence in using the station and this important route to Preston and beyond.”

“The best investment would be the installation of a ‘passing loop’ to improve train frequency but despite continuous lobbying, this seems as far off as ever.”

The installation of the cycle racks is part of a network wide scheme and several stations in the area will be benefiting.

Other larger stations on the line such as Kirkham and Wesham are likely to benefit before any change of franchise holder in 2016.