Monday, 26 March 2012

De Beauvoir Barclays Bike Station - an update

A number of you have been in contact about the unfinished and unopened Barclay's bike station outside the Britannia Leisure Centre. After failing to get any response from TfL, we wrote to Cllr Feryal Demirci, the relevant Hackney cabinet member, asking for more information. She has now sent use a response which explains the delay and when it's expected to open - its published in full below.

If anyone has any further questions please do get in touch.

Re: De Beauvoir Barclay’s Bike Station

I can confirm that phase 2 of the Cycle Hire Scheme was formally launched on 8th March 2012, but unfortunately several sites within Hackney are not yet operational – including the station at the junction of Hoxton Street and Pitfield Street.

I understand that delays in organising a power supply to the site have meant that that it cannot yet be opened to the public. Transport for London are responsible for organising the power supply through UK Power Networks, but unfortunately they had to cancel the works on several occasions due to programming and permitting issues – most recently on 9th March.

The Council has not had any responsibility for undertaking any of the works at this location, and the delivery has been solely the responsibility of TfL. However, the Council is actively pushing TfL for the outstanding sites to be opened as a matter of urgency, and we are currently waiting for TfL to advise on a new programme date for the power supply works.

Streetscene officers who are liaising with TfL have advised me that realistically they expect this station to be operational some time in early April.

I am sorry that I cannot provide a more definitive answer at this stage, but I hope that this information has fully explained the current situation.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Feryal Demirci

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods

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