Parking problems persist

The new car park at Alnmouth Railway Station.
The new car park at Alnmouth Railway Station.

A parish council is trying to tackle parking problems on streets close to a north Northumberland train station.

Last week, the Gazette reported that Arriva’s X18 service had to be re-routed after stationary vehicles left Curly Lane, by Alnmouth Station, impassable.

Parking issues around the area, which also includes South View, are long-standing.

It was hoped that the new station car park, opened in 2011, would help, but it appears there are still problems.

And in this month’s Lesbury Parish Council newsletter, members have spoken of their concerns.

They say that one of the problems is vehicles parking inconsiderately and also being left on footpaths.

The parish council says it is in discussion with Northumbria Police and Northumberland County Council to try to improve the situation.

The newsletter states: “Once again parking has become an issue at the station.

“The new car park is usually full to bursting and cars are being parked again in South View and Curly Lane; many vehicles are being parked inconsiderately and also on the footpath.

“Residents are reminded that technically it is an offence to park vehicles on the footpath; it causes much inconvenience to pedestrians, especially those with pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking difficulties.”

The station area falls in the Alnwick ward of county councillors Gordon Castle and Heather Cairns. Coun Castle has suggested two solutions – a residents’ parking scheme, which would need to go out to consultation, and limited parking times at the station.

Coun Cairns said she had every intention of getting the issue sorted, in conjunction with residents, and admitted that car parking at the station was inadequate to deal with demand.

Speeding vehicles through the village are also an issue and the parish council is in discussions with the county council about purchasing a speed indicator sign.

A meeting is being held at 7pm on Wednesday, July 31, at Lesbury Village Hall to recruit volunteers onto the Community Speed Watch programme.