Railway station parking at standstill
Frustration at slow progress over the possibility of extra parking at Berwick railway station has been revealed.
Northumberland County Council has been in dialogue with Network Rail over the potential use of land on the north side of the platform.
David Laux, the council’s head of technical services, speaking at a recent meeting of Berwick Town Council, said: “We’ve been looking at the north side of the lines but it’s been a frustrating process trying to get something to happen there.
“We’ve talked to Network Rail because it’s part of their maintenance facility at the moment, even though it’s not greatly used. We’ve tried to work with them to find out what they would need to be provided but it’s been difficult getting answers.
“We thought we were getting somewhere with Virgin when they started the franchise and we were hoping to get some joint funding for parking but that’s never come to fruition.
“The fact that Stagecoach/Virgin are now withdrawing from the franchise and the fact they are making significant losses probably explains why it’s gone very quiet.
“It’s still an area we are willing to look at and explore and to see if we can take it forward.”
Coun Hazel Bettison called for plans for a multi-storey car park at the station to be revived.
“We’ve been talking about parking at the station for years and years and it keeps being put back,” she said.
She also understood it would not be a major undertaking to move the electricity sub-station on the north side of the platform.
Mr Laux was not familiar with the plans for a multi-storey and felt there were likely to be heritage issues but said he was willing to look at all the available options.