Free parking for commuters in Hertfordshire village
CAR park charges are set to be scrapped at a railway station after pressure from commuters, residents and their MP.
Train operator First Capital Connect (FCC) announced plans to abolish the charges at its Watton-at-Stone car park from January 1.
MP Oliver Heald said: “It was good news FCC wanted to improve Watton-at-Stone station car park, but the parking charges caused problems with commuters parking in nearby roads.
“Cllr Nigel Poulton and I monitored use of the car park and found it was not being used and asked FCC to look again at the charges and they agreed a review.
“I’m delighted they are reversing the policy with no charges in the New Year. This is an excellent Christmas present for the village and station users.”
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FCC customer service director Keith Jipps said: “We reviewed occupancy figures, listened to the community and despite the investment we’ve made, decided that to provide free parking for our customers was the right thing to do.
“We’ve made a number of improvements at Watton-at-Stone including installing help points and resurfacing works. But we have listened and we want to make a real difference for our customers.”
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? It is not clear what this means for other station car parks around Times Territory.
FCC confirmed there would be no scrapping of fees at Knebworth, a village which is also affected by commuter parking.
A spokesman said new tariffs would be announced at the end of this week.