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Price hike planned for West Berkshire rail station car parks

GWR set to increase parking charges by 5.5 per cent

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RAILWAY users will have to pay more to park their car at West Berkshire train stations from next month, as planned price hikes are set to be introduced.

Great Western Railway (GWR) this week announced it is to increase parking charges at a number of its station car parks by 5.5 per cent (an average of 19p across the network).

Commuters using stations such as Hungerford, Newbury, and Thatcham will all be affected.

The move will see the daily charge at Newbury Station increase by as much as 35p (from £6.40 to £6.75) and by 20p (£3.90 to £4.10) if parking after 10am or at weekends.

The rail operator said that the 5.5 per cent increase will help support investment, including an extra 2,000 parking spaces throughout the GWR network by 2019, as well as the installation of additional automatic number plate recognition cameras. 

GWR has defended the price hike, saying that it is the first change to its parking charges for five years.

GWR managing director Mark Hopwood said: “While I understand that no one wishes to pay more, this price increase will help our rail users take advantage of railway-provided parking, and will enable further car parking facilities where they are most needed across the GWR network.”

The new charges will be in place from Sunday, December 11, however annual permits renewed before February 28, 2017, will be able to do so at the previous tariff.

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  • hgv1driver

    hgv1driver

    19/11/2016 - 21:09

    Well done WBC i bet you don't live round near Thatcham Station, we already have the problem with the lazy SSE workers parking in our roads, we need some new blood in the council there has been a lot of crap decisions made recently you just do not think

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  • lance3

    17/11/2016 - 15:03

    The Newbury station car park is packed out every day so I doubt this will dampen demand.

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  • emma97

    17/11/2016 - 12:12

    Are the government stupid? Raise the car parking prices so no-one will park there and offer fines to people parking near the station. It'll only drive more and more people into the estates and we have enough parking from SSE's vans. Only a matter of time before an accident happens thanks to stupid rules brought it. Live near the train station and you'll realise that the parking is already bad enough.

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    • grumpy

      17/11/2016 - 13:01

      That's 35p extra per day, which would buy you what exactly ?? not even enough for a cup of coffee in a week. Things go up - live with it. Or get a job locally, where you don't have to catch a train everyday - simples :-)

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    • zmjrc

      17/11/2016 - 13:01

      What does this have to do with the Government? GWR are a private company.

      Reply

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