Beryl selected by TfGM for Greater Manchester cycle hire scheme

Beryl has been selected by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to design, deliver and operate Greater Manchester’s cycle hire scheme.

This news follows the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s plans to develop Greater Manchester’s Bee Network – an affordable, integrated and accessible transport network.

Phase one of the scheme will include 1,500 bikes and e-Bikes, available from over 200 new cycle hire docking stations across Manchester, Trafford and Salford.

Beryl currently delivers successful bike and e-scooter schemes in locations around the country including Norwich, Watford, Hereford, Bournemouth, and the Isle of Wight. They also provide key technology for the Transport for London (TfL) Santander Cycles in London and the Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) bikes in the West Midlands.

Consultations on the Greater Manchester scheme have already begun with key local stakeholder groups, with this engagement set to continue throughout the planning and implementation process.

Philip Ellis, CEO of Beryl said: ‘’We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected to deliver Greater Manchester’s new cycle hire scheme, bringing our experience and innovation to one of the great city-regions in Europe.

‘’As we begin to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, enabling people to travel safely, affordably, and conveniently by bike will be key to rejuvenating our high streets and improving our environment – particularly reducing air pollution.

‘’Andy Burnham, Chris Boardman and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have fantastic ambition when it comes to active travel, and we’re excited to be playing our role and bringing our experience in delivering world-class cycle hire. There is huge appetite for this scheme, and we can’t wait to see people on our bikes and e-bikes later this year.’’

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “We’re  fully integrating our public transport system – The Bee Network – and building the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, so I am very pleased to announce that Beryl has been named as our delivery partner for cycle hire, with the first bikes going on the ground later this year.

“Our cycle hire will be one of the largest docked systems outside London and I cannot wait to use the new bikes myself as a way to get from A to B. We’re making huge strides towards our plans to build back greener and be carbon neutral by 2038.”