Charge increase at Droitwich Train Station car park causes outrage - The Droitwich Standard

Charge increase at Droitwich Train Station car park causes outrage

Droitwich Editorial 25th Aug, 2018 Updated: 27th Aug, 2018   0

A DROITWICH Spa councillor is concerned for residents pockets after he noticed a huge increase in one of the town’s frequently used car parks.

Central Ward Councillor and Chair of Droitwich Rail User Action Group, Alan Humphries, claims local residents are not happy with a £1.60 increase on the RCP-owned car park at the rear of Droitwich Train Station.

The car park which was opened last year, was until recently, a very reasonable £2 per day for all-day parking.

It has now jumped up to a massive £3.60 per day for all-day parking and will also close at an earlier time of 7pm, rather than 8pm.

Coun Humphries said: “What was an affordable alternative for local residents has now been taken away from them.

“It’s no longer a convenient option for those who may have to work slightly later.

“The residents of Droitwich Central are the ones that will feel the brunt of these changes as everyone will just find the first place they can to park in the area.

“It will cause major chaos and inconvenience.”

If locals use the car park from Monday to Friday, the increase will mean an extra £32 per month or £384 per year.

The news comes just one week after it was announced there would be a 3.2 per cent rail fare increase, meaning an annual pass between Droitwich and Birmingham New Street will go from £1,396 to £1,437.88.

The annual rise was confirmed by the Retail Price Index (RPI) which is linked to inflation.

Coun Humprhies added: “This kind of thing can’t go on because the residents of Droitwich that use the train station are being fleeced and are not even receiving a particularly good service.

“Droitiwch Central residents will have to bear the fall out of it all and it will only get worse when more people move into the town.

“I’m aware it is an RCP owned car park but it’s about time the District and County Councillors stopped talking about finding solutions and instead actually stepped up to the plate and found one.”

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