Cyclepods have recently completed a project with train operating company, London Midland (Now part of West Midlands Trains). This involved the provision of 470 new cycle parking spaces at 5 stations in a limited timescale. These stations were; Watford Junction, Northampton, Bletchley, Walsall and Alvechurch.
London Midland opted for the CapaCITY two-tier system, due in part to the space efficient design. Northampton and Bletchley both had limited space. Cycle parking increased from 58 to 96 at Bletchley and almost doubled at Northampton, from 85 to 160.
There were derelict or redundant areas at three stations, Watford Junction, Walsall and Alvechurch. By clearing these areas and prepping with extensive groundworks, fresh spaces were created for the new cycle storage.
At each of these locations, Cyclepods worked with London Midland to ensure there was space for future growth. Considered planning meant future extensions are possible without relocating the racks and shelters.
As well as cycle storage, there was a need for public cycle pumps and repair stands. These tools allow cyclists to make minor repairs or carry out basic maintenance. All racks, shelter, pumps and repair stand have a galvanised corrosion-resistant finish to BS EN ISO 1461. This was an important stipulation in London Midland’s requirements.
The CapaCITY racks are of welded and bolted construction. All exposed nuts and threaded bolts fitted to frame have tamper proof caps/heads (Nyloc type). The track material required was aluminium or Galvanised Steel to BS EN ISO 1461, at least Grade 304. For the installation to be successful, the racks need to be user friendly, so all cyclists can use them with confidence.