Work to provide much-needed extra parking spaces at Alnmouth railway station could begin next month.
The encouraging news was given by Network Rail officers Stephen Hind and Nicola Wright at a meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area committee on Monday.
The scheme, to alleviate congestion at and around the site, is earmarked for the northbound side of the platform where around 40 new spaces are planned.
The land is owned by Network Rail, but the county council has been involved in lengthy discussions to acquire a lease.
Detailed designs for the car park have been developed by the council and are currently being considered by Network Rail engineers.
A response is expected by the beginning of October, which is when the council hopes to begin work on site.
In order to grant a lease to the council for the land required for the car park, Network Rail must consult with the Office of Rail and Road.
Network Rail confirmed that the consultation commenced on Monday and that it is a 12-week process.
Until the lease is agreed, to enable the county council to start constructing the scheme, Network Rail must grant a licence to occupy the site.
At the meeting, Network Rail gave a commitment to get its legal teams to put this licence in place.
Last week, the congestion problem around the station was underlined when an Arriva bus driver was unable to get along Curly Lane, because of parked cars on both sides of the road.