More than £70,000 will be spent on improving facilities at Braintree train station.

Greater Anglia says it is starting work on upgrading storage space for bikes, lighting and CCTV at the station.

The project is being funded by Greater Anglia, the Department for Transport and Essex County Council.

It is hoped the £73,000 revamp will be finished by the end of September.

Greater Anglia’s asset management director Simone Bailey said: "Although the current advice is to only travel if you really need to, the cycle spaces will be welcomed by customers when they do return to the railway.

“With more people choosing to live in our region and travel by train, we are seeing increasing numbers of people cycling to stations so we’re keen to expand our cycling facilities, especially as it helps people to minimise their carbon footprint for the entire length of their journeys."

Greater Anglia is carrying out upgrades at four other stations in the region.

The changes to cycle facilities will provide a mix of new covered and open cycle parking spaces and conversion of single tier bike racks to double tier.