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Full steam ahead with £500k work to transform former Cleethorpes station ticket office into cycle hub

Costing around £500,000, the work to turn the former ticket office next to the platform at Cleethorpes Rail Station into a cycle hub is now underway.

It’s full steam ahead with work to transform the former Cleethorpes rail station ticket office into a new cycle hub in a bid to encourage more people “explore the coast” on two wheels.

Following on from the success of the cycle hub at the Grimsby Town Rail Station, a second rental, repair and storage facility for cyclists is set to open in Cleethorpes by June 2018.

Costing around £500,000, the work to turn the former ticket office next to the platform at Cleethorpes Rail Station into a cycle hub is now underway, as contractors are drafted in to deliver the scheme.

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.

The project is funded by the National Station Improvement Programme, Department for Transport’s Sustainable Travel Access fund, North East Lincolnshire Council’s Capital Programme, Coastal Communities Fund, Railway Heritage Trust grant and Big Local North Cleethorpes.

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.

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 ticket office first opened in 1866 and was last used as a maintenance depot by Network Rail around 10 years ago. The interior of the building is now in “poor condition”, and workmen will spent around seven months giving it an overhaul.

The exterior works will include a new slate roof, replacement of the current guttering and downpipes with a painted cast-iron finish to match the original Victorian building and new timber doors and window frames.

Solar panels and thermodynamic panels will also be installed on the rear of the building to provide electricity, hot water and heating to the building.

The cycle hub will have entrances and exits on both the railway station platform side, and Station Road side of the building.

Engie’s Jon Willcox, principle quantity surveyor, who is leading the project, said: “We will be using lots of the interesting features that are still there. We will re-purpose it and use any period features of quality.

“People will be able to step off a train and hire a bike to explore Cleethorpes. It will be a sustainable project that brings the building back into use.”

Led by North East Lincolnshire Council working in partnership with ENGIE, the project is supported by Network Rail, Transpennine Express, the Railway Heritage Trust, the North Cleethorpes Big Local Group and the team at Grimsby Cycle Hub.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “This is the first step in the long term plans for Cleethorpes, which involve investment and regeneration across the resort centre.

“This will replicate the fantastic scheme that’s already in operation in Grimsby and will promote health and wellbeing with increased opportunities for walking and cycling.

“It will be good to see the building brought back into use and it will be a benefit to the community and to tourists.

“I hope people will take advantage of it because there are many places to explore.”