Car parking charges at three rail stations

car-parking charges are to be introduced at three train stations in the Belper area.

Prices at Ambergate, Duffield and Whatstandwell will be £2 a day from spring to help fund a multi-million-pound stations and fleet improvement programme, said line operator East Midlands Trains.

Charges will apply every day, including weekends. Prices will be £2 daily, £8 weekly, £24 monthly and £240 for a year.

David Horne, East Midlands Trains’ commercial and customer service director, said charging for parking was “standard practice” at the majority of stations.

He said: “The new rates are competitively priced. They reflect the cost of alternative local car parking.”

One train user, at Ambergate, said: “I don’t park at the station but I wonder if people will start parking on surrounding roads to avoid paying.”

Regular checks will be made by staff to make sure passengers are adhering to the scheme and using the pay-and-display machines.

Derbyshire County Council said highways officers would monitor if people were causing traffic or congestion problems by parking on nearby roads to dodge paying.