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Railwatch 081 - October 1999

Big boost for bikes and trains

The perfect marriage of bike and train was given a blessing at London's Liverpool Street station in July when London's would-be mayor Steven Norris presented prizes to rail companies who had done most to help this form of integrated transport. ScotRail's Dave Prescott was most deserving of an award with ScotRail having dropped the dreaded £3 bike carriage charge, increased the number of bike spaces on trains and provided station lockers. Anglia Railways distinguished itself with a third consecutive award while West Anglia Great Northern won its first award. Journalist Christian Wolmar however reminded the train operators that much still needed to be done to reduce the many difficulties cyclists face in trying to Go Green. The first bus operator to receive a CycleMark award was Truronian which has "recreated a rural railway branch line" between Helston and Truro - and carries bikes.

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