East Midlands Trains axes parking charges at village station in Lincolnshire
Parking charges at a village train station will be scrapped for six months after complaints from residents.
East Midlands Trains introduced parking charges at Metheringham station.
But people who live there say it is causing drivers to abandon the car park and leave their vehicles in residential streets.
Now the train firm has agreed to scrap the charges for six months after pressure from Lincolnshire County Council.
Julie Hill, 52, who lives in Pulman Close, Metheringham, said: "East Midlands Trains put in a meter at the station to charge people £2 a day, £8 a week or £24 a month.
"By midday on Monday, April 30, there were just 5 cars in the car park and a couple of them had tickets in the windscreen.
"There were four parked outside the houses in our close and three in the next close.
"One of my neighbours had their way out blocked. If parking was free at the station, this would not happen."
Head of transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, Chris Briggs, said the company had agreed a postponement before April 30.
"I expressed the county council's concerns over parking charges with EMT and they have suspended the introduction of car parking charges at Metheringham station for six months, while they re-evaluate the impact it will have," he said. "Free car parking was not a condition of the £200,000 contribution we made towards the improvements."
Lindsay Reid, a spokesman for East Midlands Trains, said: "We recently announced plans to introduce car parking charges at a number of local stations to support our ongoing multi-million pound station and fleet improvement on our local routes.
"Advance notices and posters at stations were put in place to advise passengers of the changes. However, following further discussion with Lincolnshire County Council, we have offered to postpone the introduction of car parking charges at Metheringham Station for a further six months.
"The new scheme at Ruskington was introduced on April 30. Charging is standard practice at the vast majority of railway station car parks.
"The new rates are competitively priced and they reflect the cost of alternative local car parking as well as our continuing investment to improve station facilities on these lines and our £5 million programme to refurbish the trains which serve them."
Customers who have paid for car parking at Metheringham Station and would like to claim a refund should contact EMT customer services team. E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
08457 125 678