A NEW 75-space car park is now available beside Morpeth Railway Station.
The facility, which has been in the pipeline for more than two years, opened on the site of the former Coopies Lane railway sidings last week.
The car park is based on a pay-and-display system and benefits from lighting, an electric car charging point and a height restriction post to ensure it is not misused by HGVs.
More trees and shrubs will be planted to screen the car park from Kingswell.
The facility has been created through a joint initiative between Northumberland County Council and Network Rail.
Now, on-street parking restrictions will be introduced along Coopies Lane, between Shields Road and the level crossing, as well as measures to prevent parking by non-residents in neighbouring streets.
The council will also begin work to improve the junction of Coopies Lane and Shields Road, including landscaping of the former builders’ yard.
Town and county councillor for Stobhill Ian Lindley said: “I have worked for over two years to secure the funding and appropriate design for the improvements to this junction and parking arrangements so I’m pleased we now have a new car park that will benefit Morpeth residents and commuters.
“This has been made possible because of our close partnership with Network Rail, which is ongoing to ensure proper integration and management of both the old and new car parks.”
A new temporary car park at the former Davidson’s dealership site off Goosehill is expected to receive legal consent and come into official operation on Monday.