CAR parking charges are being introduced at Winsford railway station from Monday, July 1.

Automatic number plate recognition cameras will be in place as as part of a wider improvement programme to make the station car park more secure.

More CCTV cameras are being installed along with brighter lighting and resurfacing.

London Northwestern Railway is looking at how passengers travel to and from the station and how they can make their journey easier, greener and more affordable.

The introduction of charges is also designed to deter motorists from driving extra miles to avoid paying car park charges which can lead to residents being unable to park at their local station.

The charging structure will also be simplified from next month.

Discounts will be available for off peak use and annual car park season ticket holders can save up to 60 per cent on the daily rate. Weekly, monthly and quarterly seasons will also be available. Payment will be made easier by the introduction of an app as well as machines at each car park.

Andy Camp, commercial director for London Northwestern Railway, said “We want to make all our stations easier and safer to use. Our £60 million station investment programme looks beyond the station boundary.

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"Car park improvements are important but we are also investing in 2,760 more cycle spaces and each station will undergo a sustainable transport review as we continue to make our stations more welcoming.”