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Boost for Cambridgeshire cycle project after donation of abandoned bikes

Repair work at TAG Bikes in Huntingdon Credit: ITV Anglia

A scheme teaching cycle maintenance skills to people with learning difficulties in Cambridgeshire has had a big donation of bikes from one of the region's rail operators.

The TAG Bikes project in Huntingdon refurbishes them for re-sale and they've just been given almost 50 by Govia Thameslink Railway.

The cycles were abandoned at stations and would otherwise have been scrapped.

The project is popular with those taking part. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They also learn a lot about engaging with customers that come through the door, either face to face or by the telephone. Also learn a lot about friendship with each other and supporting each other and motivating each other to succeed."

– Robert Bierton, Employment Skills Worker

The project is one of a number of schemes for people with learning disabilities run by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The bikes are kept for three months just in case the owners decide to claim them and once the bikes are reconditioned each one is tested to make sure it's ready to be sold.

The rail company has said it could donate up to 25 each month.