Progress on extension to car parking

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

Progress is being made on plans to extend parking facilities at Alnmouth Station.

An application to extend the current car park on the northbound side of the station was submitted by Northumberland Council in October last year.

But Aln Valley Railway objected to the plans, which has caused a delay in the scheme being considered.

However, at Monday night’s meeting of the north area committee, Margaret Robinson, local services programme and production manager at the county council, said the authority was now making progress.

She said: “After meetings, the objection has now been withdrawn and the planning application is likely to be dealt with next week by delegated powers.

“We are still waiting for Network Rail to progress business clearance and I think that one of the reasons it has been slow is because somebody may have objected to that.

“Once that has progressed it might take three to four weeks to get through Network Rail’s mechanics so it seems quite unlikely that we will be able to put a spade in the ground by the end of this financial year, but we will make sure that the work is included in next year’s programme of works to get it done as quickly as possible.”

A number of other improvements are being put into place with future plans also in the pipeline.

Mrs Robinson added: “We are extending the no-waiting restrictions on Bilton Lane. The traffic regulation order has been made and should be in place by the end of February.

“We are also looking at improving the crossing of the road and widening the footpath across the railway bridge and creating a better area for buses to wait and drop off near the station.”

Coun Heather Cairns added: “We have also consulted on double yellow lines on Bilton Hill and that is going to be done in the near future and we are looking at extending the 30mph zone to include interactive signs.”

The meeting also heard that the council is speaking to Northumberland Estates about land west of the station for future car-park expansions.

l The county council will be looking at the cycle track between Alnmouth and Warkworth in February after gravel was swept away last month.