Santander Cycles to Greenwich (1)

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Cutty Sark is just 400 metres from Island Gardens and is already a popular destination for Santander Cycles users despite them having nowhere to lock the bikes. Ignoring whether or not it would be TfL's preferred method of expansion, how much would it cost to introduce between 3 and 5 Santander Cycles docking locations around the Cutty Sark?


Answer for Santander Cycles to Greenwich (1)

Answer for Santander Cycles to Greenwich (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is always happy to discuss further expansion of Santander Cycles, and actively engages with boroughs and private landowners to try and bring the benefits of cycle hire to as many people as possible.  Securing the required funding for both the capital and operational expenses related to expansion is a challenge, but TfL can work with interested parties to try and assemble a suitable funding package. 

Installing and operating five docking stations in Greenwich would cost some £2,000,000 over ten years.  This includes the purchase of street furniture and cycles, construction, and the ongoing rebalancing and maintenance efforts required to support these stations.

However, it is likely that such a small number of docking stations would not provide a good experience for customers, due to the increased likelihood of stations becoming full or empty.  The scheme works best where there are a number of stations in close proximity, providing enough capacity to manage the natural ebb and flow of demand. To operate effectively and efficiently, 45 new docking stations would be required at an additional £5-£6m in capital expense plus £1.3m per annum operational expense.

It is also worth noting the distance from the current boundary of the scheme to the Cutty Sark also creates operational issues, as the rebalancing and maintenance vans would need to travel a significant distance to manage a small number of stations.

The borough and other interested parties are welcome to contact Duncan Robertson, Business Development Manager at TfL, to discuss issues of funding and site locations. He can be contacted at [email protected].