Clockwise from top left: Banbury Railway Station, Charlbury Railway Station, Bicester North Station, Oxford Railway Station Images: Oxford Mail (Image: Oxford Mail)
Bicester Village is among the top railway stations where the price of an annual parking pass exceeds a season ticket for trains, campaigners said.
The Campaign for Better Transport, which commissioned the research, said a 12-month parking pass cost £1,390 – while a season pass to travel from Bicester Village to Oxford Parkway station was £964. The season ticket for Oxford railway station is £988.
Norman Baker, the group’s spokesman, told the Daily Mail: “High parking charges at some train stations are putting people off catching the train, leading to less train use and more congestion.
“We want to see a trial of free parking. We believe that the increase in fee income may be greater than the loss of income from car parking.”
The Rail Delivery Group, which represents the industry, said: “We support the campaign’s call for improved alternatives to driving to stations – including more regular buses and safe walking and cycling routes.”
But the umbrella group said making car parking cheap or free could mean it would be used by those who do not intend to travel by train, leaving fewer spaces for passengers.
“Train companies also use different parking charges to encourage passengers to try less busy stations which are on less crowded lines,” a spokesman added.
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