The cost of parking at some rail stations is set to fall as the operator commences a trial aimed at attracting people back to rail.
During the pandemic, Greater Anglia saw passenger numbers fall significantly and, although people have been returning steadily since restrictions were lifted, some of its car parks are still not seeing the levels of growth the operator had expected by now.
Greater Anglia has been running a survey online to find out how people’s travelling and parking habits have changed since lockdown and will commence a three-month trial from 23rd January, discounting the cost of parking at 14 of its stations.
Tariffs will be reduced at Audley End, Whittlesford and March as well as Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, Diss, Harlow Town, Hatfield Peverel, Kelvedon, Lowestoft, Manningtree, Marks Tey, Rayleigh and Wickford.
The trial follows the introduction of new, hourly parking tariffs at 30 Greater Anglia station car parks, so people have a cheaper option if they’re not planning to park all day, reflecting the way work patterns have changed since the pandemic.
The new hourly tariff gives people the option to park for up to four hours at for £1 an hour – perfect for shorter trips or for visiting places near stations.
Other tariffs and prices have been frozen since 2020.
Details of the new prices are available at gaparking.co.uk