A major investment has been unveiled to encourage commuters to let the train take more of the strain across Chorley and East Lancs.

An extra 10 cycle stands, covered by CCTV, have been announced for six stations as part of a £200,000 scheme for the county.

The funding, confirmed by Transport Minister Norman Baker, is part of a £62million national scheme to improve public health.

Railway stations including Buckshaw Parkway, Chorley and Adlington will benefit.

Mr Baker said: “We are serious about cycling, as this latest wave of funding shows. We have already seen how schemes can quickly deliver economic and environmental benefits, as well as improving public health. Anyone who rides a bike will know it is important to keep the impetus going and this record level of funding will provide a shot in the arm to cycling in England.

“Our ambition is to get people cycling more safely and more often and this announcement will help us to make that vision a reality.”

Under a previous wave of the same venture, Blackburn railway station was also covered by a £400,000 project.

Fifty secure cycling facilities, with swipe card access, were pledged for the station but have yet to be unveiled.