Image demonstrating New parking spaces coming to Ponteland

New parking spaces coming to Ponteland

Extra car parking is coming to Ponteland - with scores of new spaces being created in the town centre.

Work is starting to extend Merton Way car park on August 20, creating an additional 60 parking spaces, including an extra seven disabled parking bays. The capacity will increase from 48 to 108 spaces.

The £325,000 scheme is expected to take up to ten weeks to complete and will involve closing the existing car park, either in part or wholly, for the duration of the scheme.

During the project Merton Way will be open to through traffic during the first two stages but closed to through traffic for the final stage. A diversion route will be clearly signed.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Ponteland, like many of our towns and villages, needs more car parking and this scheme will create much needed capacity as well as providing a boost for local traders.

“Unfortunately, as with any town centre works, there will be some disruption to residents and businesses during the works and we will, of course, endeavour to minimise this as much as possible.

“We’ve also ensured local schools, councillors, residents and businesses have been given advance warning of the works taking place.”

Ponteland North Councillor Richard Dodd, who is contributing £56,000 from his Members Small Scheme Fund towards the project, said: “This is a very well used car park but often gets full quickly.

“With capacity more than doubling this should resolve some of the issues we have in this area and provide a car parking facility which will benefit shoppers, residents and businesses for years to come.”
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