10 July 2009
More car parking spaces at Lancaster station from 27 July
The expanded car park at Lancaster station will open on Monday 27 July. The car park will provide an additional 27 parking spaces, making a total of 147 spaces available at the Lancashire station. For the safety and security of users, the car park also has CCTV throughout with 24 hour recording.
A new charging structure is also being introduced, offering substantial discounts over the full day rate for off peak and weekend users.
The new charge for all-day parking at Lancaster is £6, and is the first increase in parking charges at the station for nearly five years. New reduced off-peak parking charges will be available from 10:00 on weekdays costing £4 and a new weekend rate of £2 a day will apply. The off-peak and weekend rates represent a reduction from the previous standard daily rate of £5. Monthly, quarterly, six monthly and annual season tickets are also available for regular peak time users, which have also been increased to align them pro-rata with the new daily rate. The new monthly ticket costs £74 effectively offering daily parking, based on 20 days use a month at just £3.70 a day. The annual ticket is prices at £735 and if used for just 45 weeks a year offers an equivalent daily parking rate of just £3.26 a day.
Virgin Trains Station Manager at Lancaster Stephen Reynolds said: “The limited parking facilities at Lancaster station have caused problems for rail travellers for many years. Now we have extra spaces and the special off-peak rates should appeal to shoppers and weekend travellers.”
The car park has a new ‘Pay on Foot’ payment system, where a ticket is issued on entry to the car park. Payment must then be made at the machine prior to customers returning to their car to leave the car park.
The work at Lancaster is part of a joint project between Virgin Trains and Network Rail to improve car parking at all 17 stations on the West Coast route which are managed by Virgin Trains. The other stations involved are: Preston, Penrith, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Carlisle, Oxenholme, Runcorn, Crewe, Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham International, Coventry and Rugby.
David Golding, Network Rail's Route Enhancements Manager said: "More passengers are travelling by train than ever before and the demand for rail travel is set to continue to rise. We predict that a large proportion of these extra passengers will drive to the station, putting even more strain on the car park.”
For further information please contact:
Virgin Trains Press Desk on 0845 000 3333 or visit virgintrainsmediaroom.com
Network Rail North West Press Office 0161 880 3142
http://www.virgintrainsmediaroom.com/. You will need to register to access the Media Resources section containing high-resolution images of our operations.
Virgin Trains is the brand name of Virgin Rail Group. We have operated the West Coast passenger train franchise since 1997; the current franchise runs to March 2012.
Virgin Rail Group is owned 51 percent by Virgin Group and 49 percent by Stagecoach.
Virgin Trains has been listed as the Best Train Operator in a survey by the Institute of Customer ; voted Best Rail Company by Travel Weekly magazine; Best UK Domestic Train Service by Business Traveler magazine and favorite train operator by readers of the London Evening Standard.
We love keeping everyone informed at all times. Here, in our Media Room, you'll find the latest press releases, as well as downloadable images and our informative and very handy factsheet.