Press release -
Solar power lights up cycle parking at New Southgate station
Great Northern and Thameslink commuters who cycle to New Southgate station will find their bike-parking facilities transformed when they return to rail travel.
The train operators’ parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), has installed a new shelter with two-tier racks for 18 bikes. For safety and security, the shelter has low-wattage LED light, powered by a 10-square-metre solar panel on the roof.
The new parking facility is on the west side of the station in an area that will also benefit from a landscaping and planting scheme this spring.
Both cycle shelter and landscaping are part of GTR’s network wide, multimillion-pound station improvement programme. The improvements, many suggested by passengers and local communities, include over 1,000 new cycle parking spaces.
Tom Moran, Managing Director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said: “We’re making our stations more sustainable and a better experience for our passengers. We’ve given cyclists using New Southgate’s new bike shelter the light they need in an environmentally friendly way that doesn’t increase the station’s electricity use.”
Notes to editors
About GTR’s wider station improvement programme
GTR’s network-wide, multimillion-pound improvement programme involves over 1,000 projects, many of which were suggested by local passenger and community groups, at more than 250 stations. While we’re working hard to achieve the punctuality and reliability our passengers rightly expect, we want them to know we are with them all the way and making their stations better places to pass through.
The vast number and range of improvements can be described under three themes:
1. Giving many stations a better ambience by redecorating, planting and installing artwork, often with substantial input from the local community
2. Making stations work better for passengers, improving comfort and safety with new waiting rooms and shelters, seating, lighting, information screens, defibrillators for public use, and accessibility schemes
3. Making stations more sustainable, with schemes such as electric vehicle charging points, secure facilities for cyclists, rainwater retention systems, and even bee gardens.
We’ve created dedicated web pages where passengers and local communities can get updates on what’s happening at their station. They can be found at:
For more information, contact the press office on 0203 750 2031.
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria