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Ipswich Motorcyclists ... new parking charges by NCP/Greater Anglia

If you are a motorcyclist, you may be interested to know that NCP/Greater Anglia is about to start charging for motorbike parking at Ipswich Rail Station.

Many people use mopeds / motorbikes to reduce their need to use cars. This has the benefit of less cars on the road and less air pollution, which in Ipswich, is a good thing. Parking at the rail station for motorbikes has been free forever. The parking area is a bit of concrete at the front of the station, where many bikes are crammed in during the week. The area is unsecured, has no lighting, is not treated with salt in bad weather, and has no cover. All these things are provided for cars in the NCP-run car park, for which reasonably, there is a charge.

Ipswich, and one other station is being targeted by NCP for this charge, it seems. All other rail stations along the Norwich to London line don't appear to be impacted, although that might happen in the future?

NCP have announced that they will start charging motorbikes and mopeds to park on that bit of concrete soon. Payment must be made by mobile phone, so it seems that no-one will attend the bit of concrete in person.

If this is of interest to you, you can add your name to the petition set up here:

A meeting with the site managers is being arranged to discuss this, so you can also attend this if you want.


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S F inactive
I am a motorbiker so will pass this information on to my other biking friends.  Yet another rip off for the people of Ipswich.  Incidentally, I received the newspaper Ipswich Angle last week which said that you could park your car for just one pound at several carparks in Ipswich.  Ipswich Borough Council were giving themselves a big old pat on the back for being so generous to Ipswich residents and this was their way of encouraging people to come to Ipswich to shop.  But I couldn't help but laugh at the carparks in question - one at Little Barclay Street and one in Bond Street, and both cater for about 20 cars only!  So theyre not exactly giving anything away are they?  Ipswich is finished!
Sentinel R inactive
I think the parking at the station is extortionate but I don't see why there shouldn't be a proporortionate charge for motorcyles. You're not paying for the service, you are paying for the convenience unfortunately.
Sentinel, if NCP/Greater Anglia were providing security, lighting, rain cover, salting in icy/snowy weather, as they do for cars and push bikes, then I could see the reason for a reasonable charge. However, it is only a bit of concrete that really can't be used for any other purpose, with absolutely nothing to help the motorcyclist. It simply feels like a money-grabbing exercise which is being targetted at Ipswich and Colchester motorcyclists alone.
Sentinel R inactive
Of course they're money-grabbing- just like the car parks in the town where they rake a digger over a bit of derelict land and then charge people to park there with no lighting, security or even a proper level surface. They charge you because you have no other choice...this is just the same. It isn't fair...any other type of business would not be able to operate from a site where it's customers are not able to easily gain access.....but I'm suprsed they've not done it sooner!
Ipswich Lad
An (un) intended consequence of privatisation. Force the railways to make a profit rather than provide a service ; let the council sell off bits of land to private enterprise, and that's what you'll get
I'm with Alton Water Walk
Ipswich Lad
To be fair, I'm not sure why motorbikers feel they are a special case. It's only recently that the car park for motorists was upgraded to a half-decent secure (ish) car park, and that's often full anyway. Maybe you should be grateful to have got away with it for so long.
I'm with Alton Water Walk
Reg S
Ipswich lad But this is always the thin edge of the stick I wonder what our beloved minister of parliment pay but then they seem to get there car parking as expenses but they can always fiddle them

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