Station parking expansion could be months away

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

Much-needed work to extend car-parking provision at Alnmouth Station could start in September.

The scheme, to alleviate congestion at and around the site, is earmarked for the northbound side of the platform.

Work to increase parking capacity at Alnmouth Station could start in September.

Work to increase parking capacity at Alnmouth Station could start in September.

The development is for 43 extra spaces, taking the provision from 66 to 109 bays.

Speaking at Monday’s north area committee meeting, county-council officer Margaret Robinson said: “We have got through the first two hurdles with Network Rail, meaning they agree in principle to extending the car park.

“We are in the process of finalising the design, which Network Rail has to agree because it is their land. But the intention is to have something started on the ground by September. It has taken an awful long time, but all we can do is go through the processes.”

At the meeting, Coun Heather Cairns criticised Network Rail. She said: “I have been extremely frustrated by the lack of ability by Network Rail to communicate with the county council. That is what has held this up, because the aim was to have a spade in the ground by April.”

Margaret said the county council is looking at the possibility of further extending station parking in the future.