Parking charges to be introduced at Stamford train station

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TRAIN passengers will have to pay to use a railway station car park.

New parking charges will be in force in Stamford’s station car park from next month.

Passengers will have to pay up to £2 a day to park in the 60-bay car park.

Station operator East Midlands Trains has been installing the pay and display machines this week as part of a multi-million pound improvement scheme across the UK.

Stamford is one of nine stations where charges are being introduced.

Prices will range from £2 a day, £8 a week, £24 a month and £240 for a year. Charges will apply every day, including weekends.

The town’s other long stay car parks, at the Cattle Market and Wharf Road, charge £3 a day, Monday to Saturday. Sundays and bank holidays are free.

David Horne, commercial and customer service director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We are in the process of investing £10 million to improve stations across our network.

“Charging is standard practice at the vast majority of railway station car parks.

“The new rates are competitively priced and they reflect the cost of alternative local car parking as well as our continuing investment to improve station facilities on these lines and our £5 million programme to refurbish the trains which serve them.”

Passengers will be able to pay for their ticket with either cash or a credit or debit card.

East Midlands Trains staff will be conducting regular checks to ensure people have paid and displayed.

The train company has not said when in May the charges will be introduced.

Double yellow lines were painted on roads near the station last year to stop people parking outside homes.

But some residents are concerned that charging for the station car park will push people back onto the roads regardless of the restrictions.

Joe Meenaghan, 59, of Mallard Court said: “I am worried that the problem we had before the double yellow lines will come back.

“It used to be impossible to get any kind of delivery or loading vehicle to your house because of the number of cars parked there.”