Bike trial on the DLR to go ahead after U-turn

By Rob Virtue on March 14, 2013 10:20 AM |

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Transport for London will run a trial to put bikes on the DLR.

The group is looking at which line should be used for the scheme following the announcement in the Mayor's cycling vision last week which said it should look at whether it would be possible to have bikes on the service at off-peak times.

The move represents a dramatic shift in policy from Mayor Boris Johnson.

Back in 2011 he rejected the idea by saying there were two many elevated platforms, lifts were too small and the bikes could cause problems it emergency evacuations.

It was even rejected when the Greenwich foot tunnel closed for refurbishment.

Even in May last year, managing director of London Underground Mike Brown, said: "We still feel that allowing full size bicycles on the train and stations would be inappropriate.

"The DLR system was not originally designed or built for the carriages of bicycles."

The long-awaited move has been celebrated in cycling circles.

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrats at the London Assembly, has campaigned for such a move.

"For a long time I have argued that if bikes can be taken on most trains at off peak hours then they should also be allowed on the DLR as well outside commuter hours," she said.

"This trial is long overdue and will benefit many people, both north and south of the Thames, who want to get around London by bike."

A spokesman for TfL said further details on the trial would be revealed in due course.

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