An index of Britain’s most popular train station car parks has revealed which are the priciest to leave a vehicle for the day, with the costs eye-watering for some travellers.
The review of parking charges covers the most-used railway stations in the country and separates London from rail locations outside of the capital.
The most expensive of all non-London stations to park costs a staggering £25-a-day.
Commuter’s car-park costs listed: York railway station (pictured) is among the top 10 most expensive to leave a vehicle for a day, charging a whopping £17
With rail fares due to increase from January, commuters are set to be stung by another hike to travel costs to get to and from work.
The rise will push the average season ticket around £100 higher, meaning the average price will go above £3,000 for the first time on record, according to predictions.
However, travel costs could be more than double that if you’re a commuter who drives to the station and leaves a vehicle in the car park for the day.
According to short-term insurance provider Veygo, the biggest charge to park is at Reading, where drivers face a £25 to leave their motors for the day.
Based on an average working year (225 days once you factor in weekends, public holidays and 28 days of annual leave), a commuters annual parking bill could mount to £5,625.
Fortunately, most railway stations have parking season tickets as well as train season tickets.
Operators for Reading station, Apcoa Parking, have an annual season ticket for parking which costs £1,850 – a saving of £3,775.
Second and third in the list are Scotland’s two most-used stations, Glasgow and Edinburgh, where drivers are charged £24 and £22-a-day respectively.
Reading train station has the most expensive daily charge, which rings in at a massive £25
The entrance to Reading railways station’s underground car park, where motorists are charged the priciest parking fees of any station outside London
Commuters travelling from Manchester Piccadilly are charged the fourth most excessive daily fee to park, ringing in at £21.
Sheffield, Liverpool Lime Street, York, Newcastle and Peterborough make up the rest of the top 10 priciest, with charges of between £19 and £15 every day.
But there are also stations in the list of the 100 most popular (outside of London) that don’t charge drivers at all to use their on-site parking facilities.
Peterborough train station is among the top 10 outside London with the priciest parking – a substantial £15 a day
Selly Oaks in the West Midlands and Kirkby in Merseyside offer free parking for rail users.
Benfleet station in Essex has the lowest parking fee that needs to be paid, costing £2.40 for the day.
Commuters should check the Network Rail website for details of their local station and the savings they could make by purchasing a parking season ticket.
How do London station car parks compare?
With the capital’s public transport links, far fewer are driving to London’s railway stations to commute elsewhere.
But if they were thinking of doing so, some of these prices would surely make motorists think twice.
That’s because the daily charge to park at King’s Cross and St Pancreas’ designated station car park is an eye-watering £40 – by far the most extortionate of all rail car parks in the nation.
Waterloo, Victoria, Paddington and Kensington Olympia aren’t much more affordable, demanding £30-a-day fees to leave a vehicle in car parks there.
Norwood Junction in Croydon is the least expensive of all London sites, charging £4 a day. Forest Hill car park in Lewisham and Hayes and Harlington in Hillingdon are both £5 for 24 hours.
How the train station parking index was built
The index has been created by short-term vehicle insurance provider, Veygo.
It used Office of Rail and Road statistics data on the busiest railway stations in the UK to determine which are the most frequently used.
It then reviewed the costs of the top 100 stations outside of London that had their own car parks, and the top 30 in London with their parking on site.
The daily parking rate was taken from National Rail’s website for each station, where available. Parking charges for outstanding locations were taken from the operator’s website.