Boris Bike works begin

Construction has begun on the expansion of the London Cycle Hire scheme in to Hammersmith, with work taking place at a docking station site near the junction of Finlay Street and Fulham Palace Road.

The expansion of the scheme, which will open to the public in December 2013, will bring the scheme to new areas within Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea. The initial construction works involve installing electrical cables to bring power to the future docking points and terminals.

Once the electrical works are completed, a black ‘cycle hire’ plate will be placed at the location, in preparation for the physical docking station to be installed later this year.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme ….  will be a real benefit to local people, it helps the economy and is key to my aim of making cycling an integral part of the Capital’s transport network.”

The Cycle Hire already stretches from Shepherd’s Bush in the west, through central London and east to the fringes of the Olympic Park. Over 20m hires have been made during its lifetime.

The new area will increase the number of cycles available by more than 2,000 bicycles.

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