Preston Train Station has a new multi-storey car park and so it’s parking charges are on the up too.
Virgin Trains has revealed it is putting the price of all-day parking at the station up £4 to £10 to leave your car between 6am and
The new 939-space car park is due to open on Monday and Virgin has said it is offering discounts to regular travellers with monthly season tickets, but rail passenger groups have warned that the price hikes will put people off taking the train.
Colin Bell, of the Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers’ Association (OPSTA), said: “I just wonder whether they are shooting themselves in the foot.
“If you are a businessman putting it on expenses it is not so much of a problem, but for ordinary people it is just not going to work.”
Aidan Turner-Bishop, chairman of the Preston branch of the Campaign for Better Transport, said Virgin could expect to rake in more than £2m a year if it can fill the 939 spaces every day.
He said: “It certainly looks like a nice little earner in the long run, I just think any increase is sending the wrong message.”
Preston Greenpeace spokesman Liz Stanton, said: “It is another cost to an already-horrendously expensive train system.
“What will get people out of their cars and on to the train is a cheap and reliable train system – at the moment we have neither.”
A Virgin Trains spokesman said the new spaces would be available from 6am on Monday although said there would be “a little more cosmetic work” over the coming weeks.
He said the increase was its first in five years and said there would be a £5 discount for people parking after 10am on weekdays and a £4-a-day rate for weekends.
The spokesman added: “There has obviously been a lot of investment.”
Click HERE to find the cheapest ticket for your next UK train journey.