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Office workers "taking up" rail passengers car park

Created on 07/02/2017 @ 12:43
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Office workers in Newtown have been slammed by a rail users group for taking over the town's railway station car park to avoid paying pay and display charges, with some rail passengers missing trains because they cannot park near to the station.

The Mid Wales and Shropshire Rail User Group (SARPA) has urged office workers to stop using the car park because rail passengers who should be able to park and ride are having to find parking well away from the station.

"Genuine rail users arriving at Newtown station say they are increasingly finding it hard to park as town office workers are treating it as a free car," said a SARPA statement.

"SARPA is aware a number of instances where people have missed the train because of it and there have been reports of confrontations between rail passengers and the office workers."

SARPA Spokesman Albert Hall said: “Unfortunately in their quest to avoid using pay and display facilities their impacting on other people by using facilities not intended for them. The station car park at Newtown is quite small considering that on average over 400 journeys a day either start or end at Newtown, it soon fills up. As we live in a rural area quite a few people have to drive in from afar and leave vehicles overnight – there are no alternative overnight parking facilities near the station that is the key issue.”

SARPA has identified a large number of staff from an office block in Newtown and a local business for using the car park most days and has written to their employers about the situation.

Photo: Newtown Railway Station car park

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