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Surplus citybike stations removed

Citybike docking stations which are used less than once a day across Liverpool are being removed in an effort to reduce costs.

Unloved locations to lose their stations include Calderstones Park, Childwall Abbey Road, Lime Street station and Speke’s New Mersey retail park.

Liverpool City Council says there have been around 300,000 rentals since the scheme launched in 2014 but that 80% of hires come from just 20% of docking stations.

A total of 33 stations which have less than 25 hires a month are being removed over the next few weeks, following a decision in August to bring the scheme under council control from operator Hourbike.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for highways, says: “Citybike has been a huge success in terms of the number of people using the cycles to get around Liverpool, evidenced by the number of people we see riding around on them, particularly in the city centre.

“But there is a fine balance between making the scheme attractive and affordable to users, against the ongoing costs of maintenance of the bikes and the docking stations and that is why, in common with other local authorities that run bike hire schemes, we have had to subsidise it.

“We know the scheme brings huge benefits and that people use them to get to work or for leisure and that they are great for tourists to explore our city so we are committed to its future and are looking at ideas to expand it, such as to neighbouring boroughs.”

The council says there will be no loss of bikes from the network as they will be deployed elsewhere.

The docking stations being removed are:

  • ASDA Hunts Cross
  • Hillfoot Avenue, Hunts Cross
  • Woodend Avenue, Hunts Cross
  • Brownlow Hill
  • Lime Street Station
  • Renshaw Street
  • Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall
  • Liverpool Hope Campus, Childwall
  • Calderstones Park, Yewtree Rd
  • Calderstones Park Cafe
  • Tesco, Mather Avenue, Allerton
  • Lifestyles Alsop, Walton
  • Lifestyles Walton
  • Lowestoft Drive, Cressington
  • Everton Road Hostel
  • Liverpool John Moores, Byrom Street, Everton
  • Mere Lane Health Centre, Everton
  • Gardner’s Drive, Kensington
  • Kirkdale Railway Station
  • Silvester Street, Kirkdale
  • The Rotunda, Kirkdale
  • Lifestyles Ellergreen, Norris Green
  • Tesco, Old Swan
  • Estuary Boulevard, Speke
  • Estuary Business Park, Speke
  • Speke Boulevard
  • Speke Retail Park
  • Speke Road, Garston
  • Speke Road Matchworks
  • Speke Road – Speke’s New Mersey retail park
  • Lifestyles Peter Lloyd, Tuebrook
  • Newsham Park, Gardner’s Drive
  • Picton Clock, Wavertree

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Your Move. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.