Blocked buses on street beset by parked cars

Parking  on the road beside Alnmouth Railway Station
Parking on the road beside Alnmouth Railway Station

A stationary van on a street plagued by problem parking prevented buses getting to a north Northumberland train station last week.

On Tuesday morning, a van parked in Curly Lane in Hipsburn obstructed the buses travelling to Alnmouth station causing them to use a temporary stop.

The area around the station has seen parking issues for a number of years, and while it was hoped that the new station car park opened last February would help, it appears not to be the case.

Pat Tulip, vice-chairman of Lesbury Parish Council, said: “The parking issues continue because the car parks are not big enough to take the number of people who come, particularly Tuesdays to Thursdays.

“It is popular, commuters come from quite a wide area. It’s good for the train service but not so good for the people who live in the surrounding streets.”

Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East, said: “We did contact the local police, however the vehicle in question was parked legally, therefore we issued a notice to our passengers to let them know that the bus would be observing a temporary alternative stop until the vehicle had moved.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Officers attended and tried to contact the owner to have it removed but were unable to and a ticket was issued. Buses were diverted and the vehicle was later removed.”