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Rail car parking charges increase by up to 10 per cent

Train station car parking charges across the UK have increased by up to 10 per cent in the last year, beating inflation.

The increases will now see those parking at Haywards Heath (South) station spending £1,138 on an annual parking ticket, while those regularly using Southern, one of the countries largest commuter operators, will see an increase of 5.1 per cent on their parking charges.

Parking charges are currently not regulated but Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA union which revealed the increases, has called on car parking charges to be included in the regulated (peak) rail fares formula, which is set by Ministers annually.

He said: "Passengers may have escaped the bullet of inflation plus fare increases last week but now they have been hit by another bullet - car parking charges rising three times higher than the rate of inflation."

Other increases include Redhill, which now charges £1,052 for an annual parking ticket and Hitchin, which now charges £1,115, an increase of 2.76 per cent.

Reacting to the announcement, a Southern spokesman has confirmed that revenue from the car parks will continue to be reinvested in additional capacity and car park improvements.

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