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County considers changes to stop cars being left long-term

Penalty Charge Notices have been issued to cars parked incorrectly at Alnmouth Railway Station.

Penalty Charge Notices have been issued to cars parked incorrectly at Alnmouth Railway Station.

Second and holiday-home owners who leave a spare car at Alnmouth Station are adding to the parking issues in the area, it has been claimed.

However, those responsible for the two car parks say that there is not much they can do about itfor now.

An Alnwick resident contacted the Gazette to say that when he and his wife caught an early train recently, they ‘were astonished to find a mass of vehicles on both sides of the station which had clearly been parked all night, covered in frost’.

“A fellow parker remarked that these ‘were the weekend cottage owners who all kept a spare car at the station, as it was cheaper than booking a hire car’,” he said. “We agreed that if true this was an utterly ludicrous situation, but could find nothing on the station parking notices to prohibit such a practice.”

The newer car park on the northbound side is managed by the county council, while on the southbound side, it is the responsibility of the station operator, Northern Rail.

A Northern Rail spokeswoman explained that the car park, as they advertise it, is for rail users only, but added that enforcing this is almost impossible as someone would need to be seen parking without using the train.

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “Cars can currently park in the car park for any number of consecutive days, however, we are considering changes to prevent vehicles being left for long periods of time in car parks that are all day without time restriction.”

These changes would apply to all the county council-run car parks and come following the recent switch to free parking in many towns and villages in north Northumberland.

 

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