Newbury is set to become a bit more bicycle friendly, as the train station has been granted £500,000 to improve its cycling facilities.
A total of 300 extra cycle spaces will be created at the station, with bike pumps and repair equipment also going to be provided.
Funding was given to Great Western Railway (GWR) by the Department for Transport, with £1.6million being shared between three stations that it operates.
It comes as £6m was provisionally given by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership to upgrade passenger facilities at Newbury station in February.
Mark Youngman, integrated transport manager for Great Western Railway, said: “This is fantastic news for our passengers and will allow us to build even further in developing our popular cycling facilities.
“Since the start of our franchise, we have invested heavily in improving the quality and quantity of our cycling facilities and have worked in partnership with local authorities to deliver some significant improvements.
“The additional funding now being made available through the Government’s cycling fund will allow us to enhance our cycling facilities even further and roll out our popular cycle hubs to even more stations across our network.”
Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire Council’s executive member for transport, welcomed the announcement of the funding.
She said: “This is excellent news and provides a boost to our plans for improving access to Newbury station and promoting cycling in Newbury.
“The funding will deliver first-class cycling facilities at the station and encourage those who live or work in the town to make more journeys by bike.
“West Berkshire Council, through its Newbury Vision 2026, is seeking to create more flexibility for people to make journeys without relying on cars and this new cycling hub will help us to achieve that.
“We are very pleased that our partners share this vision, and to be working with them to deliver this exciting project.”