Stroud has won a £117,000 grant to improve cycle parking in the town centre.
The funding was announced by the Department for Transport (DFT) and will be used to create covered cycle parking with CCTV at Stroud railway station.
It follows an application by Stroud Town Council, working in partnership with GWR, Sustrans and Stroud District Council.
The District Council will provide match funding for the project which is due to be completed by March 2020 and will cost £130,000.
Town Mayor Kevin Cranston welcomed the news. He said: “During our community consultation process for our Neighbourhood Development Plan, improving the area around the railway station and doing more to promote cycling was high on people’s wish list.
“The Town Council took that on board and has been working very hard with our partners over the past 12 months to look at ideas to do that and to apply for appropriate funding. This grant is the fruit of that effort.”
The funding comes from the DfT Cycle Rail programme. More than 2,300 extra cycle spaces will be created across a total of 48 stations nationally, with the South West of England set to receive more than £600,000 as part of a wider government drive to encourage more active travel.
Chair of Stroud District Council Environment Committee, Cllr Simon Pickering (Green: Stroud Slade) said: “This is excellent news, a great opportunity for more commuters to use the cycle and train option.
“With many new e-cycle options on the market it means even more people will be able to make this choice and contribute to Stroud District Council’s target of the whole district becoming carbon neutral by 2030. This will complement the council’s own investment in cycleways as well.”
GWR Head of Sustainability, Amie Coppin, said: “GWR is committed to the communities we serve and to improving access to the range of services that we offer. This funding award is good news for Stroud, and for those looking to make sustainable transport choices.”
Cycling and Walking Minister, Michael Ellis, said: “Cycling to your nearest station and catching a train to work is a great way to keep healthy, reduce emissions and help make our towns and cities vibrant places to live.
“But to make this a reality, I know that the right infrastructure needs to be in place. This latest investment will see many more stations become accessible for cyclists, so that greener travel options – whether as part of a longer or shorter journey – become the norm.”
Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, said: “Walking and cycling should be the easiest way for everyone to get to their local station, making our towns and cities better places to live by reducing congestion and air pollution, and improving our physical and mental health. But it’s not always easy.
“Train operators and their partners have come up with a range of schemes that will make it easier for people to get to and from their station under their own power, which we hope will encourage more people to choose cycling and walking as part of their everyday journey.”