COMMUTERS are warning bike owners who lock up their bikes at the Didcot Railway Center of ‘increased theft’.
Riders who lock up their gear at the Station Road site have noted that “several bikes” have been stolen in the past week.
This is despite the new £1million cycle center funded by Great Western Railway (GWP) which operates the station, to keep 600 bikes on site.
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The bike center, located in the west car park opposite the taxi rank, is equipped with video surveillance and was installed last March.
However, one bike owner said his lock had been cut and stolen from the hub and he had no way of getting to work.
A resident commented: “My husband’s bike was also stolen from the station’s bike park over five years ago with a strong padlock on it, right in front of the CCTV sign.
“The station at the time they said the CCTV was not working and the bike was over £600 without a penny from their insurance as it took the Milton Park bus not the train ticket.
“I can’t believe this is still happening after so many incidents over the years.”
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Another bike owner added that his bike was also stolen from outside a nearby store.
“It was chained too,” they said. “I’m so drained that it’s also my way of working. Fortunately, I can walk or use my old bicycle.
“Absolute scum who don’t want to earn an honest living and prey on those who do.”
Mocky Khan, leader of Didcot Town Council, said it was ‘frustrating’ to hear about the thefts but hopes it won’t deter people from cycling.
He said: “It’s really frustrating that this is happening, especially given the climate emergency – it’s great to see people cycling as it means there are fewer cars on the road. .
“I don’t understand how such a secure installation has been impacted in this way. They have upgraded the facility and I still use it when I travel to London.
“How cheeky people are to come in and cut the locks and take the bike away. The police are so busy doing other things it’s hard but I really hope they can catch people on CCTV because I don’t want to deter people from leaving their bikes because that means more cars on the road and fewer cyclists.
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“As far as the city council is concerned, there is not much we can do because it is not our property or our land. All the council can say is that we hope it stops and that GWP can do something to prevent it.
Great Western Parkway was asked to comment.
This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.
Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.
Get in touch with her by emailing: [email protected]
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