Car park to put station on track?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 June 2011

The Tarka Line

The Tarka Line

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A DRIVE to get more people catching the train from Worle Parkway railway station has been boosted by a plan to build a new car park.

North Somerset Council has submitted a planning application for a 327-space car park 
between the station and Diamond Batch.

The proposal, part of a planned £12million package of transport improvements for Weston, also includes a bus interchange.

Currently, there is only room for parking on the north side of the railway line near The Summerhouse pub.

In a supporting document with the planning application, a council spokesman said the proposal would soon be backed up by plans for a bus priority lane in Elmham Way and a new bus lane on Queensway.

He said: “These proposals form part of a project which will support the public transport links between Worle Parkway and other sections of Weston to increase rail patronage.”

The planning application is another boost for users of Worle Parkway following a decision to stop high speed trains at the station four years ago.

The proposal has also left space for an extension to the station’s railway platforms if needed.

About 2,000 commuters use trains from Weston and Worle to travel outside of town, but transport chiefs want to increase that number in a bid to combat congestion problems at junction 21 of the M5.

The transport package, funded by the Government, also includes plans to upgrade the motorway junction and improve the link from the A370 to Weston town centre.

It is in response to the regeneration and planned growth in the area over the next 25 years.

Weston MP John Penrose said: “We all know money is very tight, but this scheme seems to be the answer we’ve all been looking for. Not only will it ease our transport problems, but it will help Weston’s economy too.”

A decision on the council’s planning application for the new car park is expected by September 15.

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