ALNMOUTH’S new station building was officially opened on Thursday by the chairman of Alnwick District Council, Coun Hugh Philipson.
The new building includes a combined bookings and parcels office and waiting room on the southbound platform. The combined lobby and waiting room is centrally heated with double glazing and seats.
The £77,000 project has been partly financed by Alnwick District Council and also includes improved parking.
On opening the new building, Coun Philipson said: “As you know we have been critical of British Rail (BR) for not getting on with the job but they have, in the finish, come good.”
Commenting on a group of youngsters from Hipsburn Community First School who attended the opening, Coun Philipson said: “It’s nice to see the youngsters because they are the future users of this station.
“I hope they remember this day and don’t have problems in the future of services being restricted due to vandalism, something which is particularly unacceptable.”
Commenting on the development, BR’s provincial manager (Eastern) Mr David Wharton Street said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to co-operate with Alnwick District Council in providing a modern station with improved facilities.
“The new station building will be attractive to our customers, creating a pleasant and welcoming environment.
“The architects and builders area to be congratulated for their quality of design and workmanship.”
Looking on the proceedings was one of BR’s longest-living users, Mr Noel Robson of Alnmouth.
To celebrate the official opening, BR is offering local residents a two-for-the-price-of-one Cheap Day Return ticket from Alnmouth to Newcastle during the month of May.
Available on all trains departing after 9.30am, two people travelling together will be able to let the train take the strain for just £4.10 return.