Car park users cross the line

Driv­ers crit­i­cised for their poor park­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

here. We were some­what sur­prised as we don’t have a bull!

“We also have thou­sands of gera­ni­ums for spring gar­dens be­ing planted.” PEO­PLE who park at a sta­tion car park have been crit­i­cised for tak­ing up too many spa­ces with their ve­hi­cles.

Ger­rards Cross Sta­tion car park is fre­quently used by peo­ple us­ing the sta­tion who are trav­el­ling to London for work, mean­ing that it is of­ten dif­fi­cult to find a space dur­ing the day.

A driver who reg­u­larly uses the site says the sit­u­a­tion has been made worse by the fact that many car own­ers are not park­ing in the marked out spa­ces, and are in­stead leav­ing their cars across two bays, re­duc­ing the amount of space for other driv­ers who wish to park there.

Calls have now been made for Chiltern Rail­ways, which runs the car park, to en­force fines or other pun­ish­ments on driv­ers who are parked in­cor­rectly in or­der to put a stop to the prob­lem.

David Hamp­shire, of Stoke Wood, Stoke Po­ges, who reg­u­larly uses the car park, said: “There is a short­age of spa­ces in the car park.

“Most days by mid­morn­ing both the sta­tion car park and the car park above the sta­tion are full.

“This leaves pas­sen­gers with the op­tions of us­ing the Tesco car park, park­ing on the road, where there is a one-hour limit and risk­ing a ticket, or driv­ing into London.

“On any day a quick walk around the car park will find usu­ally be­tween 10 and 20 places un­us­able be­cause peo­ple have parked their cars across the lines and ef­fec­tively taken up two spa­ces.

“Ad­mit­tedly the lines are not very clear, but they are clear enough to see when you are park­ing across them.”

Mr Hamp­shire has con­tacted Chiltern Rail­ways, which told him that plans are in place to resur­face the car park, at which point the lines will be redrawn.

How­ever, he be­lieves that in the mean time peo­ple should be fined for park­ing in­cor­rectly.

He said: “Given the cost of park­ing at the sta­tion, plus the cost of a ticket, it seems rea­son­able to ex­pect [Chiltern Rail­ways] to make more ef­fort for their cus­tomers.”

Do you think peo­ple should be fined for poor park­ing at Ger­rards Cross sta­tion? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@ trin­i­

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