Extension to station parking on right track

Cars parked at Alnmouth Railway Station
Cars parked at Alnmouth Railway Station

Plans to extend car-parking provision at Alnmouth Station look to be full steam ahead, after crucial permission has been granted.

The much-needed scheme, to alleviate congestion at and around the site, will see the expansion of parking on the northbound platform side.

There will be an increase from 66 spaces to 109 spaces, including 103 standard car-parking spots and solo motorcycle provision.

The county council has approved the scheme under delegated powers and Network Rail, which owns the land earmarked for extension, has agreed work can take place.

MP Sir Alan Beith said: “I’m pleased we have got Network Rail’s agreement to the car-park extension. I hope we will soon see construction start.”

The application will ensure access for Network Rail vehicles to existing trackside cabling and equipment and allow the Aln Valley Railway to access the northbound platform, as part of its heritage railway development.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “Now that clearance has been given for the car park to proceed we are working with the county council to agree terms for the construction, maintenance and use of the extended car park.”