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Elstree and Borehamwood Station car park 'unsafe' says driver
A driver has complained of overcrowding and inadequate security in a station car park after his car was damaged by another vehicle.
Kris Babbs, 37, who lives in Neagle Close in Borehamwood, returned from work in London to find his silver BMW 3 series sport, which he had left in Elstree and Borehamwood Station, badly scraped on one side.
He reported the incident to British Transport Police who requested CCTV footage.
However, the CCTV cameras do not cover the car park itself, meaning there was no record of the incident.
Mr Babbs said: “One camera points at the entrance and exit, the other seems to be broken and points directly at the sky, which make them useless.
“I pay £6.50 a day for the car park, the least you would have hoped is that it would be properly secured.
“Because there’s no record of who damaged my car, I’m going to have to pay £450 for a repair.
“I’m very cheesed off. All I want to do is find the person who damaged my car so they can pay for it.”
The father-of-two added the lack of properly placed cameras made him fear for the welfare of people using the car park.
He added: “It’s not safe at all especially at night.
“If something happened to a woman returning to her car late at night or someone was hurt, it’s not going to be picked up.”
Mr Babbs said the bad layout of the car park, which was altered recently to accommodate more vehicles, was partly to blame.
He added: “The station is overcrowded, which makes it harder to manoeuvre. It’s too small, so people have to double park.
“People drive really badly in there too.
“You have people coming in at the exit and leaving at the entrance. It’s a free-for-all.
“I’m sure it’s not just me having problems.
A spokesman for First Capital Connect said he was sorry to hear of the damage caused to Mr Babb’s car.
He added: “While cars are parked at the owners’ risk, we would expect all car park users to act with due care and attention to others to ensure that cars remain undamaged.
"Our car park wardens regularly patrol the car park and do actively report any incidents of vandalism or damage that they see to the British Transport Police.
“We also work with the police to prevent such incidents occurring.”
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