Getting to and from the railway station is an integral part of travelling by train.
Whilst almost 50% of passengers actually walk to the station, the second most common method of transport is the car (17%).
With increasing importance being attached to reducing CO2 emissions within the industry and the high demand being placed on a limited number of parking spaces at some stations, ‘more thought needs to be given on how rail passengers are going to access the railway’, says Passenger Focus.
Today’s report ‘getting to the railway station’ by the independent consumer watchdog, reveals low passenger satisfaction with car parking facilities at stations.
Passengers that said they would like to use an alternative form of transport to reach the station (16%) mostly suggested buses were their preferred option.
Anthony Smith, Passenger Focus, chief executive said:
“As demand for the railway steadily increases so too will the need to widen and improve access to railway stations. This should be high on train operator’s agenda as they start to think about how to accommodate and deliver high quality, punctual services that all passengers can access easily.”
The report highlights a ‘real opportunity to cause a shift in modal choice’, as passengers report a desire to know more about how they can use the bus to access the station, especially with better connection times and a more frequent bus service.