Today, Boris Johnson MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, officially launched Santander Cycles for Uxbridge at the Brunel University London, years after welcoming the cycles into London as Mayor.
Brunel University secured the second spot in the Santander Cycles University Challenge, in a joint bid with Hillingdon Hospital to bring the scheme to Hillingdon after they raised over £85,000 for the project. The challenge saw five universities vying for a capital investment worth over £100,000, with funding going to the two institutions that are able to crowdfund the scheme’s running costs the quickest.
The docking stations for the awarded cycles are located at Uxbridge Town Centre (and tube station), Hillingdon Hospital, and several locations on the Brunel University campus itself.
During the launch Boris commented: “It seems to me fitting that the success of Santander Cycles scheme will finally be felt in my constituency as well as in London. I was delighted to see the combined effort of local people during the Santander Cycles University Challenge. The scheme is a brilliant way to get between the Brunel campus, Hillingdon Hospital and Uxbridge town centre quickly and easily. It shows a real commitment to increasing cycling opportunities across the borough and ensuring our local communities are better connected.”