PWP Fire & Security have recently been engaged by East Midlands Trains to specify the access control system for their first Cycle Hub at Leicester station, as well as designing and commissioning the CCTV and fire detection systems.
East Midlands Trains’ exacting criteria demanded that the access control system had to be sufficiently robust to provide the required level of security whilst also having the capability of being controlled from one central location across the existing East Midlands Trains’ IT network infrastructure.
It also had to be user friendly so access rights and multiple users could be easily managed as well as being scaleable to enable future systems to be seamlessly brought on line. For these reasons the market leading Paxton Net2 advanced access control system was chosen which had the capability and flexibility to meet East Midlands Trains’ requirements.
Following the subsequent success at Leicester, the access control, CCTV and fire detection systems have also been installed by PWP at East Midlands Trains’ Cycle Hubs in Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham, Kettering & Loughborough with further rollouts planned.
The state-of-the-art Cycle Hubs are open 24/7, enabling passengers to ride their bikes to their nearest station before storing it in the new, safe, secure and sheltered cycle storage facilities with sufficient storage for hundreds of bikes. They are free to use once members have purchased a key fob to gain access to the facilities on offer, giving unlimited lifetime access.
No longer need passengers worry about finding somewhere to change out of their cycle clothing either – with the Cycle Hub’s integrated changing rooms exclusively for members of the Cycle Hub scheme, they can quickly get changed before travelling to their destination.
Not only is cycling environmentally friendly but it’s also a great form of exercise. By combining train travel and cycling, passengers are not only able to reduce their carbon footprint but they could also benefit from a healthier lifestyle; and they are now able to buy a bike tax free as part of the government’s Cycle to Work scheme. More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week – an all-time high, according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK.