Firm ends ban on bicycles on trains

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SOUTHERN Trains has agreed that it will not have a blanket ban on bikes on trains during the Paralympics.

Southern reviewed its own train capacity during the Olympics and now says it won’t be necessary to apply the ban for the Paralympics.

Southern’s Emma Toms said: ‘We took a close look at the number of people travelling on our services during the London 2012 Olympic Games and found that although there were some very busy services at certain times, overall we’ll be able to accommodate non-folding cycles during the Paralympic Games outside of our normal peak restrictions.’

During the Paralympics, non-folding cycles will be permitted on any Southern service except on trains travelling towards Brighton or London at peak times.

Ms Toms added: ‘We welcome folded, Brompton-style cycles on our trains at any time.’

South West Trains was forced to back down from a planned ban on bikes during the Olympics and Paralympics due to a public outcry.