Rail commuters who drive smart get discounted parking at three major railway stations, it was announced today.
Passengers who use the parking spaces, specially designed for the 2.5 metre long, eco-chic, two-seater city-coupé and cabrio, will be entitled to 40 per cent discount off the normal parking charges.
The spaces, created as part of a new initiative by South West Trains, are part of an ongoing trial at Winchester, Farnborough, and Guildford stations.
Each station has four smart parking bays, which have been added without losing any of the existing spaces. Once the trial period is over, the scheme may be extended with more spaces at these and other stations.
Alan Cracknell, South West Trains’ Integrations Project Manager, said: "This is an effective car parking scheme that will benefit passengers and South West Trains. smart cars are easy to park, economical to run and very environmentally friendly. We’re keen to support any initiative that will ultimately help our customers and the environment."
Jeremy Simpson, Head of smart, said: "smart parking is a win-win initiative. It’s an added benefit for our customers who drive smart and it maximises the hard-to-find available parking space in today’s crowded and congested urban areas."
The smart city-coupé starts from £6,265, on the road, and standard specification across the range includes ABS, the TRUSTPLUS electronic traction control system, driver and passenger airbags, electric windows, remote central locking, rev counter, clock and RDS radio cassette.Published 12 November 2002