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Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Boris Bikes scheme will be extended to south west London from next year, and new docking stations will be introduced in busy areas.
Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, and Kensington and Chelsea will all see the introduction of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, as it is officially known.
Transport for London (TfL) has been working with the boroughs to identify more than 200 locations for docking stations. Public information sessions will begin in October about the location of the docking points, and all docking stations are expected to be in place by spring 2014.
New docking points will also be introduced in busy areas and this, with the extension, will mean the scheme has 2,400 new bicycles and around 5,000 new docking points, almost half of which will be south of the Thames
Mr Johnson said: “Every Londoner should be able to take advantage of our hugely popular and iconic Barclays Cycle Hire scheme which has already brought untold benefits to London’s commuters, businesses and visitors alike.
“Earlier this year we took the blue bikes eastwards towards Canary Wharf with enormous success, and this further expansion will bring more than 2,000 new docking points south of the river as well as greatly enhancing the rest of the network.”
Since the launch of the scheme there have been 15million hires, and since the east London extension earlier this year the number of average weekday hires has increased by 50 per cent from 20,000 to 30,000 per day.
TfL’s managing director of surface transport, Leon Daniels, said: “These plans build on the huge success of Barclays Cycle Hire which has been immensely popular this summer with record number of people using the scheme during the London 2012 Games.
“There is huge appetite for the scheme in west and south west London and bringing Barclays Cycle Hire to those areas will make public transport more accessible in those communities.”
Antony Jenkins, Barclays chief executive, said: “In little more than two years, Barclays Cycle Hire has become an integral part of life in central London. With this further expansion, more people will be able to enjoy the convenience which the bikes provide to many thousands of people every day.”