South Western Railway (SWR) has completed the installation of Co Bikes docking stations plus 30 e-bikes at Cranbrook and Honiton stations, launching a new eco-friendly onward travel option for their customers.
The e-bikes, supplied by Co Bikes, will provide SWR customers with a green and efficient transport alternative, helping to tackle congestion on roads, improve air quality and give locals and visitors alike an alternative way of travelling around Exeter and East Devon.
Over £200,000 has been invested in the schemes, which has become available through a network of partnerships between SWR, the Department for Transport, Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone and Co Bikes.
With 20 e-bike docks available at Cranbrook Station and another 10 at Honiton, the partnership with Co Bikes highlights the growing number of convenient yet sustainable modes of transport across the SWR network.
To use the new Co Bikes, customers will need to download the Nextbike app on a smart phone and register for an account. To activate the account, customers make a £10 payment which is then used for their first e-bike trips. Co Bikes has a variety of bundle offers for bulk purchasing of minutes for hire – see co-bikes.co.uk/bikerider/ for more details.
Andrew Ardley, Regional Development Manager at South Western Railway said: “Introducing the e-bikes onto our network is an exciting step for us, and we’re proud to be able to provide our customers with a new, sustainable travel option for their onward journey.
“This installation is timely, as it makes access via rail to the growing employment area to the east of Exeter and in Honiton even easier. There are also some great leisure cycling opportunities from both Cranbrook and Honiton through the stunning East Devon countryside”.
Mark Hodgson, Managing Director of Co Bikes said: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with South Western Railway. The installation of our Co Bikes at two busy commuter train stations in the east of the county provides more options for those that are looking to travel more sustainably or those that are looking for an alternative option for that first and last mile of a journey.”
Rail Minister, Wendy Morton MP said: “These new bikes are a great win for people in Devon, and will provide them with a fitness boosting, and eco-friendly way to get about.”
Councillor Andrea Davis, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said:
“It’s encouraging to see the network of e-bikes continuing to grow right across the county, and the docking sites at these two railway stations are a great addition. I’m sure they’ll be well used by rail passengers as well as providing the wider community with a sustainable travel option in Cranbrook and Honiton. Active travel forms part of the suite of solutions to improving connectivity and the County Council and SWR are striving to provide choice to rail users.”
Councillor Marianne Rixson, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Action & Emergencies said: “These new e-bikes at Cranbrook and Honiton will afford both visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy our wonderful countryside across East Devon at a more leisurely pace.
“These e-bikes are key in helping fulfil the Vision for Clean Growth and will help business visitors and commuters reduce reliance on the private car. As we work towards a net zero economy, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint through rail and e-bike connectivity, especially at Cranbrook where the e-bikes provide an important link to the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone.”