Rise in parking fees at rail station are ‘minor’


London Midland has defended increased parking prices which come into effect at Leighton Buzzard train station today (Tuesday).

The rises, which follow an annual review of charges will see the cost of a day’s parking during the week increase by 30p to £7.50.

An annual pass will now set a motorist back £850, up from the previous £825 while a month’s parking is now priced at £115, increased from £113.

Prices for weekly and weekend passes and for daily parking on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays remain unchanged.

A spokesman for the firm said the increases were minor and that they were necessary due to inflation and ongoing costs at the station.

He added: “Price increases are rare but are sometimes necessary to meet the cost of station maintenance and other ongoing work at the station.”

Readers have taken to the LBO’s Facebook page to vent their frustration at the rise.

Steve Barrett said: “It’s only going to force more people to find an alternative ‘free’ parking space in one of the nearby streets! With the cost of the train tickets the car park should be free.”

Steve Quinn said: “I thinks it’s an atrocious rip off. You pay so much for an annual season on the train then they have the cheek to charge for parking.”