New park-and-ride scheme launches in town this weekend

A new, free-to-use park-and-ride scheme is launching in Amble on Saturday.

The initiative will operate at weekends from 10am to 4pm until the end of the school summer holidays.

It has been set up by Northumberland County Council in conjunction with Amble Town Council.

Pick-up and drop-off points have been established at the Coquet Enterprise Park, in the town centre and at The Braid car park on the north side of the town.

The service will also consider stopping off at the Amble Links Caravan Park, if there is demand from people staying there.

User numbers will be monitored to see whether it will be beneficial to run the service again in the future.

The county council has been working with the town council, the business club and other community representatives on a range of solutions to address parking issues in the town.

New and pedestrian signage has been improved from The Braid car park and road-traffic orders in the town have been reviewed over the winter months, and subject to final agreement, they will be made permanent in the near future.

It is hoped that the traffic-order proposals will ease traffic problems by increasing the number of short-stay parking spaces in Queen Street, but the impact of these will be closely monitored.

The council is also working on a further temporary solution to provide around 50 weekend parking spaces on The Braid over the summer holiday period, and looking to see if there are any other pockets of land close to the town centre which could be used on a temporary basis.

The county council’s Ian Swithenbank said: “We are aware of the difficulties that Amble is feeling in terms of car parking for and in the town centre. We are working with the town council, business representatives and other community leaders to explore all possibilities in an attempt to resolve these.

“I hope that people will take advantage of the park-and-ride scheme.”