Railway parking charges are branded ‘antisocial nuisance’
PRESTBURY Parish Council has branded the ongoing charges for car parking at Prestbury railway station ‘an anti-social nuisance’.
Chairman of the council, Arthur Dicken, says Northern Rail’s decision from May last year to charge drivers of vehicles £2 per day to park has caused commuters to park on neighbouring side roads to avoid the fee.
The problem, Coun Dicken says, is particularly bad on Lee Road and Scott Road, where vehicles are causing inconvenience and congestion, as well as making the junctions more dangerous.
He said: “We get a stream of complaints from residents saying they can’t park outside their houses because of the cars.
“The commuters park right up to the end of the side roads.
“Prestbury has a tiny station and car park. The nuisance of this side street parking must greatly exceed the relatively trivial income generated for Northern Rail. It’s just anti-social.”
He added: “None of these problems existed before the parking fees were arbitrarily introduced, against our advice.”
A spokesman from Northern Rail said: “Parking fees have been introduced at some of our stations to help us close the financial gap when subsidy was cut to our franchise.
“The fees are £2 daily, £8 weekly, £25 monthly and £250 annually.”
The spokesperson added that the annual ticket offered a discount of more than 50 per cent.
●● Coun Arthur Dicken is campaigning against car park charges at Prestbury railway station.