Victory on car parking charges

I’ve had was some very welcome news for train passengers using Outwood station. A few weeks back it seemed the Government was planning to introduce parking charges at Outwood station as part of a new rail franchise. Local commuters and Metro representatives contacted me and I wrote immediately to the Secretary of State.

Stations like Outwood are well used for commuting to work as well as leisure and nights out. But we should be doing more to encourage people onto the trains. That’s why it’s really important we don’t put people off with any unnecessary extra costs. The rising cost of living has hit family budgets hard and the average family is already £1,600 a year worse off. If a few extra pounds a week is the difference between having a bit left over for a treat or not. Or would mean more people would take the car and not the train, it was important for the Government to look at this again.

In his response the Secretary of State said, “Having considered the matter I can confirm that the Direct Award will not include proposals to introduce car parking charges.” You can read his letter here: Outwood station parking charges SoS

Passengers using Outwood Station will continue to be able to park there for free – which is a bit of great news for a change!

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Posted May 8th, 2014 by Ed