|Several news sources are reporting John Prescott’s plea|
for rail companies to cater for cyclists better. Old "two-jags" has been
spotted riding a bike a couple of times, and earlier this week ordered train companies
to instal bicycle racks on trains to encourage more cyclists to use the railways.
Rail Authority issued new rules to companies
hoping to win lucrative 20- year contracts. Already, the SRA state that "The
franchise agreements, which govern the provision of services, contain a provision
that requires the operator to provide facilities for the carriage of bicycles on
trains, so far as it is practicable for it to do so and subject to the availability
of space on its rolling stock." Then adding…"The operator can charge
for the facility but the charge may not be unreasonable."
Whatever, inspite of the view that with more and more "bike rental" points
on offer at stations being a clear indicator that the move was against bike transportation,
it would seem as if the government might be pointing in a clear fresh direction.