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Parking price rise 'unjustified'

Rail passengers have complained tickets at a station's new multi-storey car park have risen by up to 31%.

The price of an annual season ticket at Rugby station, in Warwickshire, has risen from £655 to £858 while the daily parking rate has risen by £1 to £7.

The Rugby Rail Users Group said this could not be justified when rail tickets were being predicted to fall in line with inflation.

Virgin Trains said it was the first price rise in five years.

Stephanie Clifford, chairwoman of Rugby Rail Users Group (RRUG), said: "At a time when the government has announced that rail fares are set to fall in line with inflation, RRUG members are asking how large increases in parking charges can be justified?"

'Substantial discounts'

She said the group would put this question to Virgin Trains' chief executive Chris Gibb at a meeting on 23 September.

The group said it welcomed the extra spaces provided by the multi-storey car park which opened in Mill Road on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Virgin Trains said the new car park provided 269 extra spaces and was covered by CCTV throughout.

He added: "However, as part of the new charging structure Virgin Trains is also offering substantial discounts over the full day rate for off-peak and weekend users.

"We hope many customers will take advantage of these great rates along with our vastly improved weekend services."

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