There is an incredible demand for Barclays Cycle Hire bikes at Waterloo
Commuters using Waterloo are now able to pick up Barclays Cycle Hire bikes from a 'super' docking station outside the station open from 10:00 today.
The 126-space docking station is unveiled on the day that Transport for London (TfL) announced that more than two million journeys have now been made using the iconic blue bikes.
The new docking station is the first to be opened at a mainline railway station.
It will help deal with ever increasing demand for the Mayor's flagship scheme and follows last month's announcement that Barclays Cycle Hire will expand to the east of the city in time for the 2012 Games.
When complete, the expanded scheme will cover 65km² of the Capital and around 8,000 hire bikes will be available from 14,400 docking points at hundreds of locations across central and eastern London.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Transport Advisor, said: 'There is an incredible demand for Barclays Cycle Hire bikes at Waterloo and we have responded to this by ensuring that people using this landmark railway station can now pick up or drop off a bike at our first super size docking station.
'With more than two million journeys made in just under five months, we are confident this expanded docking station will be of great benefit to the thousands of Londoners and visitors using the bikes.'
Around 110,000 people are now members of Barclays Cycle Hire and since the introduction of casual use just 10 days ago, casual customers have already made over 9,500 journeys.
TfL also has a handy short film that shows how simple it is to hire a bike as a casual user.
TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport, David Brown, said: 'The new Waterloo docking station will accommodate the ever increasing demand we are seeing for Barclays Cycle Hire at mainline stations.
'Members and casual users are really embracing the scheme in London, they've already made over two million journeys on the iconic blue bicycles that are now a familiar sight across central London.'
Mike Goggin, Network Rail's Director of Stations and Customer Service, said: 'The new docking stations at Waterloo will make it much easier and more convenient for passengers who use Britain's busiest station to make cycling part of their daily journeys.
'Network Rail and the train operators are improving cycling facilities at stations all over the country so passengers can take advantage of the many benefits combining rail and cycling offers.
'We continue to work with TfL to explore options for Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations at other mainline stations in London to meet increasing demand.'
Deanna Oppenheimer, Vice-Chair, Global Retail Banking, CEO Western Europe and CEO UK Retail Banking at Barclays, said: 'To record two million cycle journeys since July illustrates the positive public response to Barclays Cycle Hire.
'This demand is further demonstrated by the opening of the new 'super' docking station at Waterloo and we look forward to many more people continuing to enjoy the benefits of the scheme.'
Becoming a Barclays Cycle Hire member still remains the fastest way to access a bike, with no queuing at the on street terminals.
UK residents can start using Barclays Cycle Hire as a member for just £4 - the cost of buying the membership key (£3) and their first 24-hour access period (£1).
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