ASLEF slams rip off parking charges

09 February 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the privatised train companies for driving up the cost of parking for hard-pressed passengers.

Mick said: ‘Enough is enough.It’s time to stop squeezing commuters until the pips squeak. Every year the TOCs put up the price of parking, way ahead of inflation. It’s almost as if they want to drive people off the railways and on to the roads.

‘The truth, of course, is that they are not in the business of running a public service, but of making as much profit as possible. That’s not fair to passengers, who are forced to pay rip off charges to park; it’s not fair to the taxpayer, who provides all the investment in the railway; and it’s not fair for the railway, because this business model – the failed franchising system – won’t help our economy to grow.’

Michael Dugher, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, has accused the privatised train operating companies of unfairly pushing up car park charges for commuters. Mr Dugher has complained to the Rail Delivery Group, the train operators’ industry body, asking them to stop excessive charging.

Southern, for example,increased parking charges by 4.8 per cent in January, pushing up the daily charge from £12.50 to £13.10 at a typical station such as Brighton.

Mick added: ‘Michael is right to demand that the Rail Delivery Group take action to help passengers,because they don’t do anything else.’

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