50% extra car parking spaces have been added to Durham railway station by train operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) from December 2020.
147 additional spaces have been created thanks to a new two-level car park at the station.
LNER has invested £3.7m in the project which sees the car park have full CCTV and LED lighting.
Passengers can currently park for £5 a day after 09.30 Monday to Friday, or park anytime Friday to Monday for just £12.
David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “Durham is one of the key destinations on the LNER route and we are delighted to be able to enhance the experience for customers using the station. The additional spaces mean more than 50 per cent extra parking will be available, making it easier for people wishing to make journeys from Durham Station, whether it be for business or leisure.”
David Horne added: “As the car park stands within a conservation area and within sight of the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, great care has been taken with the aesthetic appearance of the structure. The upper deck of the car park has been fitted with aluminium beams that have been printed to give the appearance of Italian walnut timber to complement the backdrop of the woodland behind the station.”
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “The completion of LNER’s new two-storey car park at Durham Railway Station is very good news for County Durham. Providing additional long-stay spaces will boost parking capacity, while also enhancing facilities at the station for residents and visitors travelling across the region and beyond.”
“Improving connectivity and transport infrastructure is a major part of our long-term regeneration plans for the county.”
Earlier this year, Durham won “Highly Commended” in the National Rail Awards.
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