Car parking charges are being introduced at nine stations across the London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway networks this month, and Ledbury will be one of them.

The first charges will come into effect on August 18 with prices starting at £1.12 per day for car park season ticket holders.

Andy Camp, commercial director for London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway, said: “We are making significant investment in our car parks and it is only fair that those who use them pay towards their upkeep, as already happens at the majority of stations.

“We have listened to feedback and reduced the daily rate to £3 from the £4.50 initially proposed. With an annual car park season ticket the cost to drivers will be just £1.12 per day.”

Mr Camp added: “Importantly, these charges will reduce the impact of ‘rail heading’, where drivers travel many miles to avoid parking fees at their nearest station, squeezing out local residents.

“We are investing in more CCTV, better lighting and automatic number plate recognition across our car parks as well as adding 2,760 cycle spaces and station travel plans as part of our commitment to sustainable travel.”

London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway are investing £1billion into the railway network “to improve the service to customers, including new trains and improved stations”.

Mr Camp said: “Station car parks are publicly-owned assets and we have a duty to the taxpayer and ticket-buyers to ensure a fair return on the railway estate.”

Parking discounts are available off-peak and at weekends. Car parking season tickets are available weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.

Drivers can purchase season tickets in advance, pay at machines on-site or download an app from

West Midlands Railway wrongly announced earlier this summer that charges would be in place at Ledbury Station by July 1, but since then a consultation process has taken place.

Some residents living near to the station have expressed fears that the charges will lead to more parking on residential streets.