MP to push for bikes on tram-trains

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Cyclists should be able to take their bikes on the new tram-trains between Sheffield and Rotherham, the Commons was told this week.

In a debate on cycling, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield made the case for an integrated approach to transport by pressing Transport Minister Norman Baker over the use of the tram-trains, trams that can travel on train tracks, which are due to be introduced in 2016.

Mr Blomfield described the experiment as a “potential model for the rest of the country.

“It is important that we get it right.

“Part of that is ensuring that cyclists are able to take their bikes on to the tram-trains so that both modes of transport can be used on a journey.”

Afterwards, Mr Blomfield said: “The minister failed to address the issue, but I will continue to press the case with him.

“Taking bikes onto tram-trains is allowed right across Europe.

“If we are really serious about increasing cycling then it needs to be allowed over here too.”