FREE Sunday parking has been restored at Isleworth station car park after a two-year battle by frustrated residents.
Weekend charges were introduced at the car park, off London Road, two years ago by South West Trains (SWT) – a decision those living nearby claimed made parking a nightmare.
St John’s Residents Association has campaigned ever since for the £2 charge to be scrapped, arguing that it generates virtually no revenue.
The group’s chairman Dominic West described the abolition of Sunday charges as ‘a step in the right direction’. He also welcomed SWT’s plans to review public holiday charges in January.
An SWT spokeswoman said Saturday parking at Isleworth station would remain at £2 until at least January 2014, which she said was much less than local street parking charges.
She also said Saturday charges had recently been scrapped at Chiswick station, where it was already free to park on Sundays.
Despite the good news on parking charges, Mr West said he remained concerned about the state of Isleworth station’s immediate surroundings, for which Network Rail is responsible.
He said broken fencing, graffiti on the bridge and weed-filled gutters had been reported months ago but nothing had been done.
Network Rail were approached for a comment but failed to respond.