Plea over new parking charges at station near Leeds

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Rail users are calling for a rethink on plans to introduce car parking charges at a station near Leeds.

Parking at South Milford train station, between Leeds and Selby, is currently free but from later this year drivers will have to pay for the privilege of leaving their cars there.

Selby and District Rail Users Group secretary Terry French today said he was “mystified” by the decision.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We believe [rail company] Northern should concentrate on improving parking provision and car park facilities as footfall is increasing and the parking there is inadequate.”

A spokesman for rail company Northern confirmed plans to introduce charges of £2 per day at the station from early October.

The spokesman said: “The parking charges are designed to be fair to those using the railway and to also discourage those who currently park at stations but have no intention of travelling on trains.

“The revenue we generate as a result of the parking charges will be invested back into the Northern network as we continue to modernise our trains, services and stations.”

He added: “We are investing huge sums of money in the railway across the north of England and will use the revenue from our car park charges to supplement this investment on a local level.”

News of the introduction of parking charges at South Milford comes days after a 3.6 per cent increase in so-called regulated fares – which include many off-peak and standard returns – was announced for the start of next year. The move will generate an extra £337m for train companies.