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Cycle hub to be built at Brighton station but traders object
A new cycling hub at Brighton’s railway station is to go ahead despite traders’ objections.
The planning committee at Brighton and Hove City Council has approved the plan for a three-storey building at Brighton Station to provide shower and changing facilities, a bike shop, café, cycle repair outlet and bike hire, as well as storage for 500 bikes.
The Lower Good Yards Traders Association said there was no need for the new building because there is a bike shop in the area.
The association said it will block out light and hurt trade at businesses nearby.
But at a meeting on Wednesday councillors agreed it will be most comprehensive facility for cyclists in the city and one of the best in the region.
The not-for-profit scheme is supported to the tune of £900,000 by the Department for Transport, Southern Rail, Network Rail and Brighton and Hove City Council.
Cyclists will use a turnstile system at ground level accessed by a key card.
The cycle parking will be open 24 hours a day and the facility will be free.
Ian Davey, lead councillor for transport, said: “We’re so excited at the prospect of this facility which will be of enormous benefit to cyclists arriving to and from the station.
“It’s going to be a great incentive for more people to try cycling, whether they are travelling for business or visiting for pleasure.
“It will also encourage people to combine different types of travel, combining the bike with the train.
“I would like to thank all the partners for making this happen and I’m particularly pleased that this will be a new resource for the public at the city’s main station which thousands of people use every year.”
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