CCTV cameras add to new rail station facilities for cyclists

(Left to right): County Councillor Keith Kondakor, Borough Councillor Ian Bonner, County Councillor Peter Butlin (Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council & Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning), County Councillor June Tandy, Steve Helfet (Head of West Cost Services, London Midland).

(Left to right): County Councillor Keith Kondakor, Borough Councillor Ian Bonner,
County Councillor Peter Butlin (Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council &
Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning), County Councillor June Tandy, Steve
Helfet (Head of West Coast Services, London Midland).

Further improvements have been made to enhance security for cyclists at Nuneaton Rail Station, with the installation of two new CCTV cameras.

The cameras are the latest additions in a package of investment from Warwickshire County Council, working in partnership with London Midland, which saw new cycle stands and a cycle tool station installed at the station in August.

The new CCTV cameras, which were funded by a Warwickshire County Council budget delegated to Nuneaton County Councillor Keith Kondakor, have improved camera coverage and will increase security for bikes that are stored at the station.

The cameras are owned and will be maintained by Network Rail, with London Midland project managing their approval and installation.

Over the summer, new ‘Sheffield hoop’ style cycle stands were installed on Platform 1 of the station, further extending the existing bike facilities to provide extra storage for up to 48 bicycles, along with a new compact public bike repair stand.

The cycle tool station provides a stable mount for any bike and has a range of eight tools, enabling cyclists to make adjustments and repairs on the spot. It is designed to be extremely convenient and easy to use and is able to withstand constant use.

The new facilities are just one of a number of initiatives that the County Council has undertaken with the aim of increasing the number of people in the county using sustainable transport methods, such as bicycles and trains.

Councillor Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning, said: “The installation of the two new CCTV cameras adds to our recent investment at Nuneaton Rail Station to improve cycle facilities, in keeping with Warwickshire County Council’s strategy to boost cycle use.

“My thanks go again to Councillor Keith Kondakor for using £12,000 of his delegated budget to enable these improvements at Nuneaton and to London Midland for their keenness to collaborate on this project. I hope the new cameras will deter potential bike thieves at the rail station.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “I’m very pleased that the new CCTV cameras have now been installed at Nuneaton Rail Station, adding to the investment that has already been made by Warwickshire County Council to improve facilities for cyclists.”

London Midland’s head of West Coast Services, Steve Helfet said: “We are delighted that these new facilities have been made available to our passengers. We want to make travel simple and easy for everyone to use. Getting to and from the station by bike is good for the environment and the cyclist and it reduces the need for people to drive to the station too.”

If you would like the opportunity to have your say on cycling in Nuneaton and Bedworth, there is a forum that meets quarterly to discuss matters. The Nuneaton and Bedworth Cycle Forum’s next meeting is on 14th November at 10am in the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Town Hall and is open to anyone with an interest in all cycling matters in the area.