Train station car parking fees ‘witness price hikes’

8th January 2013

It is not just rising train fares which are hitting people in the pocket should they travel partly by rail on a commute.

This is because new research carried out by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) has underlined that car parking charges at train stations are also on the increase.

Just days after it was revealed that train fares has risen by an inflation-busting average of 4.2 per cent, drivers are set to get another unwelcome surprise before they even step onto a train.

For example, the annual car parking ticket at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire has jumped from £960 to £1,040 over the new year.

Those using the London Underground to help them get to work will also have seen that weekday parking fees has hiked to £5.07, having been set at £4.27 just a few months ago.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes believes rail firms are "ripping off" passengers due to the price increases, as well as treating their loyal customers as "cash cows".

He continued: "These firms are squeezing passengers until the pips squeak. While fares are controlled by ministers, there is a free-for-all on car parking charges. Rail firms simply charge what they think they can get away with."

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