Biker vents frustration after attempts to park at Letchworth Railway Station scuppered by cars grabbing spaces

Jill Francis on her bike.

Jill Francis on her bike. - Credit: Archant

A bothered biker has been left frustrated after her attempts to park at Letchworth’s railway station have been scuppered by cars regularly grabbing spaces reserved for two-wheeled vehicles.

Cars parked in the wrong bay at Letchworth railway station.

Cars parked in the wrong bay at Letchworth railway station. - Credit: Archant

Jill Francis, who lives in Letchworth and works as a legal PA in London, has regularly complained about cars – some of which have been left there for two days – breaking the rules.

But the 54-year-old has found that Apcoa – which owns the car park – has been unable to find a solution to her parking woes.

Jill said: “On countless occasions I have found the area dedicated to motorbikes to be occupied by a car, and despite contacting Apcoa it has continued to happen.

“Sometimes there is a car in the space almost every day, another time it will go a couple of weeks before a car is there again.

Cars parked in the wrong bay at Letchworth Railway Station.

Cars parked in the wrong bay at Letchworth Railway Station. - Credit: Archant


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“They have told me that they patrol it every day, but I have also been told that there are not enough personnel to visit that frequently.

“Despite sending photographs of the cars to them nothing has been done.

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“I have suggested they install bollards which would make the spaces accessible only for motorbikes, but all they will say is that they may consider it in the future.

“My complaints are falling on deaf ears. There are spaces blocked off including the bike bay, which I was told is for erecting CCTV.

“However nothing has been installed, nobody is working on the site and none of the fencing has been moved or the contents inside disturbed.”

The Comet contacted Apcoa on Monday, but they had not responded with a comment at the time of going to press.

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