A NEW station car park designed to ease traffic and parking congestion in the surrounding streets has finally opened after years of problems for local residents.
The new car park on the northbound platform side of Alnmouth railway station, which was originally scheduled to be opened last year but was delayed by the adverse weather, is now in use.
Residents of South View and Curly Lane in Hipsburn experienced problems with overspill parking blocking the streets for many years. And buses going to the station had problems getting through due to double-parked cars, which resulted in the 518 and 501 services run by Arriva not serving the station and only stopping on Lesbury Road.
A resident of South View said the new car park already seems to have made a difference to on-street parking problems.
“I don’t drive myself but there are less cars parking in the street,” she said.
The scheme to provide more parking spaces had gained momentum in 2008 when plans to knock down seven station cottages and build the car park were approved by the then Alnwick District Council’s development control committee.
In 2009 there was a delay when an application to the Department for Transport’s Access for All Small Schemes Funding was passed over in favour of other schemes, but Northumberland County Council has now completed the construction of the new car park.
It will be officially opened on Monday, February 28.