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17th Aug, 2022

Rail Strike: EBike loan offer to Worcester commuters as further disruption looms

Rob George 26th Jul, 2022

HALFORD is offering rail commuters affected by this week’s train disruptions the free use of an ebike to get to work.

Following the news rail passengers across the country are facing cancelled services or reduced timetables due strikes tomorrow (Wednesday) and Saturday (July 30), commuters are being offered the use of an ebike, to ensure they can still get to their workplace.

Halfords launched a nationwide e-bike trial scheme in October 2021 at its UK stores, giving customers the chance to try an ebike for free for six hours.

Now, the company is pledging to offer any rail commuter with a valid season ticket one of its loan ebikes this week while the rail disruption is ongoing.

Ebikes will be provided on a first come first served basis, and are also subject to trial ebike stock which is limited.

Commuters can enter their postcode into the Halfords e-bike trial finder, to check whether their local store offers trial ebikes. They must then call or visit the store to check availability of a bike and book.

A £101 deposit will be taken when the bike is collected, which is refunded in full when the bike is returned.

Halfords Cycling Director Paul Tomlinson said: “In June, millions of commuters faced travel misery following the rail disruption, which we saw dominate headlines. With the planned strikes this week, we know that this will cause significant problems for many, particularly for those who do not have the privilege of working at home.

“Once again, we are stepping up to offer our trial e-bikes to rail commuters who will be affected by the rail disruptions this week. Available to loan from 297 stores, our e-bikes will be available nationwide on a first come first served basis. E-Bikes are not only fun, fast, and provide an ease of use, but they can take you to places you haven’t been before.

“The popularity of e-bikes has continued to boom over the past few years, offering a great alternative to traditional day to day transport methods – riders of all ages can tackle more challenging journeys, get to more places at a faster speed with less exertion, putting the fun back into regular journeys.”

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