Discount rail station flexible parking season ticket now available for Harlow commuters
Lifestyle / Wed 29th Sep 2021 at 07:41am
GREATER Anglia has launched a flexible parking season ticket – giving rail passengers who park at stations regularly two or three days a week a discount of up to 12.5 per cent.
The flexible parking season ticket gives eight parking sessions which have to be used within 28 days of purchase – matching the new Flexi Season ticket which was introduced earlier this summer.
The eight parking sessions can be used on any day – there is no need to specify them in advance.
Flexible parking season tickets will be available at 23 station car parks: Audley End, Billericay, Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Cambridge, Cambridge North, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Colchester, Diss, Ely, Harlow Town, Hatfield Peverel, Ingatestone, Ipswich, Kelvedon, Manningtree, Marks Tey, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Wickford, Witham and Whittlesford Parkway.
Prices vary from station to station. Passengers can save up to 12.5 per cent on parking costs compared to daily peak time rates.
Just as with the Flexi Season ticket, if a traveller needs more than eight sessions in 28 days, they can buy another flexible car parking season ticket which is valid for another 28 days from the time of purchase.
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia director of asset management said: “The flexible parking season ticket is an ideal match for our new Flexi Season ticket.
“As we all know, the pandemic has changed working patterns, with commuters expected to continue working from home for part of the working week – making this flexible parking season ticket ideal.
“During the pandemic we have continued to make improvements to station car parks across the network including creating extra spaces, cleaning them and installing ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) at further car parks.”
The flexible parking season ticket is available from the Greater Anglia parking website www. gaparking.co.uk.
Since March 2020, Greater Anglia has carried out car park improvements at Bury St Edmunds, Manningtree, Broxbourne, Saxmundham and Attleborough stations and continued the rollout of ANPR by installing it at Chelmsford, Cambridge North and Ely station car parks.
What would make more sense and increase rail use would be to have much bigger and free parking for rail passengers. Park and ride bus and train hubs at town railway stations for cars and cyclists with good pick up/ drop off would do much to combat climate change and bring in a new green era of public transport. It would save congestion on roads. It would stop the huge expenditure and polluting road building programmes that could be used to pay for all of the above.