In response to the article about car parking at railway stations (NCE 6 February), my journey to work consists of a 10 minute drive to the station, a 25 minute train ride to Bristol Temple Meads, and a 10 minute walk to the office. A total journey time of 45 minutes each way, providing the train is running on time.
Frankly I would not swap my 10 minute car journey for what would be a 30 minute walk, wait for a bus or a 20 minute cycle along a busy, unlit country road in the rain (183 days a year).
The emphasis should be on stopping people driving into work not to the station and this cannot be achieved without providing adequate parking at out-of-town railway stations.
I believe that you will not get the average person out of their car and on public transport until it is made both cheap and reliable, something that the rail system cannot boast on either count.
Matthew Burley, URS Corporation. 33 Meadow Rise, Undy, Monmouthshire NP26 3JW