Additional spaces call for station

A planning application was recently submitted to revamp Morpeth Railway Station.
A planning application was recently submitted to revamp Morpeth Railway Station.
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Two organisations are being urged to push for an increase in car parking at Morpeth Railway Station.

Town councillors made the plea when discussing plans by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) for a £1million revamp of the Grade II listed premises to restore derelict buildings and create small business units.

Members of the planning and transport committee supported the application, but they are concerned that an already congested area will get worse unless more spaces are provided.

In 2012, a new 75-space car park on the site of the former Coopies Lane railway sidings was opened through a joint initiative between Northumberland County Council and Network Rail after efforts by Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley to secure the funding.

At the town council meeting, Coun Bob Robertson said: “This development will bring even more people to the station, so we should ask the county council and GMDT to open an active dialogue with Network Rail about additional car parking spaces. It needs to give up more land to increase the size of the car park that was opened a few years ago.”

Members also had their say on the county council’s proposed parking restrictions for the nearby Kingswell street.

They chose option two – a no waiting between 8am and 6pm single yellow line – which would allow parking in the evening for visitors to homes in the area.