More demands for extra railway station parking

Car park in front of Berwick Railway Station. Warden in middle of pic booking a white van.
Car park in front of Berwick Railway Station. Warden in middle of pic booking a white van.

A Berwick businessman has called for more parking to be made available at the town’s railway station to ease congestion.

Bryon Longbone believes it is about time the local authority looks properly at providing parking spaces on the north side of the platform.

Concerns have long been raised about congestion in surrounding streets such as Castle Terrace caused by commuters parking there.

Mr Longbone said: “Getting spaces on the far side of the tracks is screamingly obvious and has been for 20 years.”

However, he concedes that it might not solve the problem if drivers still have to pay parking charges.

“The problems on Castle Terrace and in the Garden City are just down to people not wanting to pay,” he said.

“Contrary to what some people say, most times of the day you can find one or two parking spaces in the railway station car park.”

He was responding to a question on what might happen in that part of the town if free parking is introduced, a possibility being considered by Berwick Town Council.

“I don’t think it’s any further from the main car park on Castlegate to the railway station than it is from the top end of Castle Terrace where people currently park so it might help reduce congestion in that area,” he said.

The town council has made railway station parking its top priority in its submission for potential projects to be funded by the county council’s Local Transport Plan for 2014/15.