INCREASED parking charges at Solihull railway station have been condemned by passengers.
The cost of an annual season ticket to park at Station Road has gone up by 18 per cent, from £736 – £870.
Weekday peak parking is £6, up from £5.50, and off peak is £3.50, up from £3.
The peak parking window now closes at noon – it formerly ended at 9am.
Chiltern Railways said: “Changes to our car park prices enable Chiltern Railways to continue to invest in our car park estate and deliver the best possible experience when travelling from our stations. Increases, including off-peak time changes, are driven by demand for our car parks and help ensure that sufficient parking is available for rail users.
“In addition, we have worked with RingGo to remove the 20p fee for purchasing car parking through the app. This means customers can use the most convenient method of payment for the same price as purchasing parking through the booking office and ticket machines.”
Posting on social media, Emma Tynan said: “I’m absolutely disgusted how Chiltern Railways can justify raising Solihull train station monthly car parking charges for Swift rail pass holders from £40 to £85 – totally unjustified and needs addressing.”
Coun Tim Hodgson also asked the railway company why it increased parking charges, calling on it to “think again – don’t disincentive rail travel.”
Passenger Helena Morrissey said: “Now the cost of parking at the station is considerably more than the cost of the train journey itself – nice way to encourage people not to drive into town or clutter the side streets round the station with cars… I don’t mind paying something but the new charge is ridiculous.”