More space to park at five busy stations

Friday, 20 April 2018

Greater Anglia has drawn up plans to increase car parking at five busy stations as part of a wider £20 million project to add over 1,700 extra spaces across the network.

The rail company is committed to expanding and improving parking at stations throughout East Anglia over the next seven years, putting in extra spaces which will meet the Safer Parking Scheme’s Park Mark regulations about safety and security in car parks.

Greater Anglia is also planning to install Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) at 20 car parks across East Anglia.

Last year, ANPR was installed at Ipswich and it will be rolled out at Cambridge, Colchester, Shenfield and Broxbourne over the coming months.

ANPR makes it easier for customers to pay for parking, as it increases the variety of payment options, even enabling customers to pre-register their car and payment details online, allowing automatic payment. It also improves security.

The first phase of car park improvements is to create more than 700 spaces across Attleborough, Hockley, Marks Tey, Shenfield and Bury St Edmunds car parks, with work due to start this year.

Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia Asset Management Director, said: “We know customers who drive to stations want to be able to park as quickly and easily as possible, which is why we’re committed to improving parking across the Greater Anglia network, making life a little easier for our customers.”

Across the network, Greater Anglia is planning to improve car parks at busy stations by building single and multi-storey car parks and extending surface car parks, subject to planning permission.

CCTV, signage and lighting at all extended car parks will also be improved.