A NEW cycle hub has opened at Altrincham Interchange - the last piece of the jigsaw at the redeveloped transport facility.

The secure hub has 56 cycle parking spaces covered by CCTV, with swipe card access and lockers for storing cycle helmets and other cycling accessories.

From just £10 a year, people can park their bike at Altrincham Cycle Hub, as well as gaining access to 10 other hubs across Greater Manchester – with more membership options available at Manchester City Tower and MediaCityUK cycle hubs, which offer showers and lockers.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) committee chairman, Councillor Andrew Fender, was joined by Councillor John Reilly, Executive Member for Environment and Operations at Trafford Council, and the TfGM Committee Cycling Champion, Councillor Chris Paul, for a sneak peek at the new facility.

Councillor Fender said: “The new cycle hub is great news for Altrincham, adding the final touch to the fantastic new transport interchange. Cycling is a really important part of the transport jigsaw and being able to leave your bike in safety at the new hub will make it much easier to commute by bike.

“It's right next to the railway station and Metrolink stop, so I’d encourage people to think about getting out of their cars and on their bike for the first and last part of their commute or leisure journey.”

Transport chiefs have also commissioned artists and community and youth groups from Trafford to create a new piece of artwork at the Interchange.