Rail commuters, who drive to the train station, could save an average of £587 on the cost of their journey to work in 2017, despite train ticket price hikes, simply by shopping around for their parking.
According to YourParkingSpace.co.uk, railway passengers in Guildford could save £800 annually on parking; £680 by shopping around in Reading; £480 in Harlow, and £400 in Tunbridge Wells. Further north, those travelling from Leamington Spa could save £440, while commuters in Warrington could save £720.
Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2 January, increasing annual train fares for passengers travelling from Guildford to London Waterloo by £64, Tunbridge Wells to London Charring Cross by £80 and Leamington Spa to London Marylebone by £144.
While the recent announcement that fares will increase yet again next year may have come as a blow to rail passengers up and down the country, Harrison Woods, of YourParkingSpace.co.uk, believes that by shopping around for parking, rather than heading straight to the train station car park, commuters can prevent the price hike from hitting their pockets.
“The growing popularity of people renting out their private parking spaces, including their front drives, means that local residents are undercutting commercial car parks. By looking for a cheaper place to park, commuters can make huge savings to the cost of a journey,” commented Woods.
Mr Woods explained that booking parking spaces in advance also allows commuters to be more flexible with their travel arrangements. Train stations cannot guarantee parking spaces, even for those who have bought season tickets, meaning that many have to arrive before 7.00am to get a space. For some, even getting a parking season ticket can be a challenge, with stations such as Tunbridge Wells currently having waiting lists of over 50 people. “Train stations can be notoriously difficult places to find a parking space, so by booking in advance commuters can guarantee to have a parking space waiting for them when they arrive,” Woods added.