Cyclists can now book spaces for their bikes on board trains - thanks to a ScotRail app update looking to promote “active and sustainable travel options".

ScotRail has introduced the ability to make cycle reservations directly through their app with the goal of making it more convenient for cyclists to access the country’s bike routes in an eco-friendly way.

Before the update, cyclists could only reserve a space for bicycles through the ScotRail website - but now they can make reservations via the ScotRail app.

ScotRail’s safety, engineering, and sustainability director, David Lister, said: “ScotRail is committed to promoting active and sustainable travel options, whilst delivering the best possible service we can for customers.

“The introduction of cycle reservations through our app will benefit the whole cycling community, making it easier for customers to navigate and secure their cycle reservations with just a few taps.

“With this new feature, we're pedalling in the right direction toward a greener, more cyclist-friendly Scotland."

The £2 million 2023 UCI Legacy Cycling Investment Programme was unveiled ahead of the championships this summer and aims to create a sustainable legacy for cycling and help its growth throughout Scotland.

ScotRail's introduction of cycle reservations through its app comes as part of the fund and hopes to be a step towards this goal.

Specially adapted carriages with extra space for bikes have been operating on the West Highland rail line since July 2021, though the new booking facility is not limited to trains on that route.

Other investments made through the legacy fund include new green signage which will be installed throughout ScotRail’s trains to guide cyclists to designated areas of the train where they can safely board and secure their bikes.

Similar bright blue signage is also being implemented to highlight accessible carriages, ensuring inclusivity for all users.

The legacy fund will also see the creation of a cycle hub at both Inverness and Fort William stations, while the cycle hub at Glasgow Queen Street will undergo redevelopment work to increase the number of bike spaces.