September 30th, 2016

Drivers pay for permits at Bromsgrove railway station but have no spaces to park

Drivers pay for permits at Bromsgrove railway station but have no spaces to park Drivers pay for permits at Bromsgrove railway station but have no spaces to park

A BROMSGROVE councillor is calling for something to be done about the town’s railway station car park after being contacted by commuters who have bought permits but are unable to park there.

Coun Michael Thompson, the district council’s member for Rock Hill, said the lack of parking bays and misuse of others have meant drivers are having to park elsewhere, such as in those roads surrounding the station which do not have restrictions, despite paying for permits.

The cost of a long-stay car-parking permit is £80 per quarter or £320 for a year.

Coun Thompson said: “The council is charging for season parking tickets but there is no room to park.

“There are also double yellow lines which have been painted on to keep them free for taxis to pick people up, but they never use them and could be used for these drivers.”

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “When a customer buys a parking permit they are entitled to park in any of the council car parks.

“We do not have a permit specifically for the station.

“While we accept customers purchase passes as it’s a cheaper way of parking if they do so regularly throughout the year, those who buy tickets on the day are also entitled to have a space.

“So with limited spaces unfortunately it is a first come, first served policy.”

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