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Employee cycles 135 miles in a day to work in Birmingham

Press Release   •   Jul 08, 2013 17:57 BST

Amey’s Ian Robinson cycled from home in Lancaster to work at Lancaster Circus in Birmingham on 3rd July, raising money for charity and encouraging commuters to get on their bikes this summer while the A38 Tunnels through Birmingham city centre close for major refurbishment.

The 32-year old teamed up with his dad Paul, 59, for the challenge that they completed in a working day, starting at 7am at Lancaster Town Hall and finishing at Birmingham City Council’s offices in Lancaster Circus, a gruelling 135 miles south.

In his day job as Principal Operations Manager for Amey, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Ian is responsible for traffic movement through Birmingham’s tunnels whenever maintenance is needed.  He said:

“Closing the tunnels for six weeks means that people have to rethink their journey into the city for a while, but I certainly have a vested interest in making sure the job is done properly to keep future disruption for repairs to a minimum. 

“Our bike ride shows that cycling is a great way to keep fit as well as getting you where you need to be – whether the tunnels are closed or open.”

The two men took to the road in aid of The Royal British Legion, which provides support to ex-service personnel and their families and to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which provides accommodation for families of children being treated in hospital.

To sponsor Ian and Paul’s Lancaster to Lancaster Circus challenge, visit

For more information on cycling during the upcoming tunnels closures, click here.