Tonbridge Line Commuters is keen for those who drive to Tonbridge station to be aware of the impending loss of spaces in the station car park. While this is to allow the building of a new deck of car parking which will increase capacity in the long run, we are concerned that the shorter term situation has not been handled well by Southeastern. Consequently, TLC has issued the following press release:
222 spaces in the Tonbridge commuter car parks will be lost for five months from July to allow a deck to be built providing an extra 182 spaces from December. While we will welcome the additional spaces when available, we are extremely concerned that the information provided so far has been patchy and gives little notice.
The parking contractor Meteor will suspend issuing and renewing quarterly and monthly car parking permits. New six monthly and annual permits will be restricted to purchases from Meteor’s call centre (Tel 0330 1235 247) until further notice. One commuter only found this out when trying to renew his quarterly ticket earlier this month and we were only notified on 9th June. This does not give commuters much time to make other arrangements, especially if currently away.
Given daily parking costs, if there were suitable alternatives, most people would already use them. Some people may decide to park at Hildenborough, where there is plenty of space but trains are less frequent. We are disappointed that Southeastern is not working with TMBC to establish how much spare long stay capacity Tonbridge has and how best to use it. TMBC car parks are at the junction of Avenue du Puy and Sovereign Way, quite a walk from the station. It seems commuters will be left checking multiple car parks to find a space, increasing congestion, and stress levels. We are trying to avoid this.
Vice-Chairman, Tonbridge Line Commuters