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No to Blackheath Station Car Park Charges

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09 February 2012
No to Blackheath Station Car Park Charges At the end of last month Network Rail announced its plans to increase parking charges at Blackheath Station. News of the rise came just a few weeks after Network Rail decided to take back operation of the car park from Lewisham Council.

A 1-hour stay at the car park will increase by 43%, from £1.40 to £2 (on top of last year’s increase). An annual season ticket will increase by £400 to £900. Sunday charges are being introduced for the first time, which brings concerns about the future of the farmers’ market and general loss of trade, with knock on impacts on businesses in the Village.

Blackheath’s Labour Cllr Kevin Bonavia and I have received lots of complaints about these increases, including from staff at John Ball Primary School and businesses located in the Village.

People are rightly worried that these charges also come so soon after January’s fare hikes and at a time when household budgets are already being stretched by pay freezes and soaring fuel costs.

Network Rail – a state-backed company – need to take greater account of the communities which they serve. I have written to David Higgins, Chief Executive of Network Rail, to urge his company to reconsider the proposed tariffs, and to address concerns raised by John Ball Primary School.

I have also started a petition which I will pass on to Network Rail, asking them to listen to the opposition from the people of Blackheath. Please sign it here.

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