Didcot Parkway bike racks

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    • #3603

      Does anyone know what is happening to the Didcot Parkway bike racks?

      Roughly a third of them have a sign saying they will be removed on 02/05/18 (tomorrow), but with no explanation as to why. I couldn’t find a station staff member to ask about it.

    • #3604

      No surprise to me at all that you didn’t have proper information. Here is my previous experience from using FGW (now GWR) cycle parking.

      • They put a sign at Oxford station advertising that cycle racks would be removed, but positioned so that it was only visible when *leaving* the station, not when entering — which may be okay for regular commuters, but was useless for people making a one-off journey.
      • They cut the locks of any bikes parked there over the weekend in question, taking the bikes into a store room.
      • They then put an advert in the Oxford Mail telling people to retrieve their bike from the station office (which anyone who was actually missing a bike would do naturally, so all that it achieved was to draw the attention of people who weren’t).
      • They then gave out the bikes to anybody who gave a more or less accurate description, without requiring any ID or keeping any records.

      The result of all that is that I went away on the train for a weekend, only to lose not only the lock but the bicycle itself. (Oh, and nobody claimed to know anything about it when I returned on the Sunday evening, requiring another trip back during office hours.) And then they refused to compensate me, only finally backing down when I sent them a photocopy of a completed court claim form with an ultimatum.

      This is who you are dealing with.

    • #3605

      Oh my goodness! Thank you for the information, alaniwi. I won’t risk leaving my bike there with these signs then!

      Having done some digging on the internet, I think I have found the answer. They are putting in a covered walkway to the multi-storey, which means moving the cycle racks. Information here: http://www.culham.org.uk/users-of-didcot-parkway/

      However, they have already said there may be a reduction in cycle rack spaces. I’m assuming “may” means “will”.

    • #3606

      Back in 2002 after several annoying incidents I concluded that the UK rail system cares little about catering for cycling customers after being thrown off a train during a 650 mile trip to see family in Northern Scotland and becoming stranded due to double booking. That’s when I decided to get a car and have been happily polluting the environment at my own convenience ever since. Sad to see nothing’s changed except now and again I look out of interest and see the prices seem to be much more extortionate making the decision to take the car even easier.

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