Cycle hire facility proposed for Clapham Junction

Cycle hire facility proposed for Clapham JunctionClapham Junction near St John's Hill in Battersea is one of London's busiest public transport hubs, with hundreds of trains and buses passing through the area each day.

It is these excellent transport links that make property to rent in Battersea so attractive, and soon there could be even more options for commuters and leisure travellers.

Transport for London (TFL) is currently considering plans to create a Barclays Cycle Hire facility on Grant Road near Clapham Junction Station.

The site has been added to a shortlist of sites for new docking stations across the London borough of Wandsworth. Others include Putney and Wandsworth Town.

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme was first launched in the summer of 2010, with 315 docking stations across the City of London and eight other boroughs. Figures released by TFL in November showed that there has been 17 million hires since the programme began.

This year saw the opening of new docking stations across East London and next year the focus will be on the south-west of the capital, with Wandsworth one of the boroughs to benefit.

Russell King, transport spokesman for Wandsworth Council, said local residents are "genuinely excited" about the arrival of the so-called Boris Bikes in their area.

"Selecting the best possible sites will be key to the scheme's success and we're continuing to work with TFL to fine-tune the shortlist," he remarked.

"Clapham Junction is an extremely busy transport hub and it's very encouraging that potential sites have been identified a short distance from the Grant Road entrance. Nothing can be confirmed at this early stage but we're confident TFL will explore every option for a facility at the station."

To use the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, cyclists must pay to become a member on the TFL website, or purchase access at any docking station in London using a credit or debit card. There is then a usage fee depending on the amount of time the bike is used for.

Posted by Chris Price

Published 10th December, 2012

© 2012 Estates IT Limited

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