The Queen has officially open Reading Railway Station today following its redevelopment. Network Rail has spent eight hundredand fifty million pounds improving the station which now has new platforms andnew entrances. It will be the second time Queen Elizabeth the 2nd has carried out an opening ceremony at the station.
The biggest rail company in the country hit back at critics of its rises in station car parking charges.
South West Trains said there will be no increase at Guilford, Southampton Central and Woking railway stations.
The company are also investing millions to increase the number of spaces at car parks in Fleet, Farnborough and Winchester.
Some individual tickets will go up by just under 7%. Stations like Basingstoke and Brookwood will see daily charges rise by 50p to £8.
But others will be frozen and season tickets will go up by 1.2%.
Unions have been accused of issuing inaccurate figures over this years rise.
Thousands of rail passengers have been hit by inflation busting rises to park at stations, sparking a major row.
Commuters in Basingstoke will now have to pay £8 a day, which is up by 50p. Brighton saw prices rise from £12 a day to £12.50.
Those who live in Hayward Heath in West Sussex face paying £1,138 for an annual permit.
Southern have raised its average overall rise to around 5% and 3.5% for season tickets, while South West Trains said they had increased parking charges by 3.8%. The two companies introduced the biggest increases.
Southern says it has invested 8.2 million pounds on car park facilities and has added 1,100 extra spaces across the network.
Southeastern said its rise was 3%, about 20p or 30p for most people.
First Great Western said it had no increases and are in fact cutting weekend parking at stations by 50%.
Banbury is set to benefit from a brand new multi-storey car park, creating an extra 707 spaces at the station.
The new car park, which is due to be opened next November will help to accommodate a growing number of future rail passengers from the region.
The car park, which will be built at the east side of the station and accessible by a link bridge, will not only mean more space for passengers but may also encourage more people to travel by train.
The expansion has been financed thanks to £10,461,000 of funding from Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).