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.