Welcome To The Comfy Saddle
'The Comfy Saddle' is a bike store and Sustainable Transport hub with support by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and c2c rail, and funded from Europe via the Bike Friendly Cities project, it aims to advise people on how they can travel more sustainably.
This could range from helping people find a handier bus route to identifying which type of bicycle would suit them best.
Visitors to the Comfy Saddle will also get the chance to buy re-conditioned bikes, have their own bikes serviced or buy equipment and accessories.
The re-conditioned bikes will be supplied by another Sustainable Motion CIC spin-off, the Re-Cycle Centre in Brunel Road, Eastwood, which restores old or discarded bicycles for re-sale.
The new scheme, located opposite the ticket office inside Southend Central Station, will employ trained technicians and apprentices in an extension to an already successful volunteer programme.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Tony Cox, said: "We are very pleased to support this extremely innovative venture, which we hope will help people guide people to more sustainable forms of transport.
"It aims to assist new and existing cyclists, as well as advising on other forms of sustainable travel including walking, trains and buses, and helping people plan their journeys."
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: "We are delighted to be hosting the Comfy Saddle at Southend Central station and I'm sure it will prove extremely popular with both local customers and visitors.
"At c2c we recognise the importance of playing a full role in the local community, and providing these premises rent-free is our contribution to making this social enterprise company a great success."