Rail­way park­ing charges are branded ‘an­ti­so­cial nui­sance’

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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.

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