Support for parking plan
COUNCILLORS are calling for safety measures to be introduced over plans to extend car parking at Royston railway station. Although Royston Town Council s planning committee supported the scheme there was concern about traffic movement. Cllr Bill Prime tol
COUNCILLORS are calling for safety measures to be introduced over plans to extend car parking at Royston railway station.
Although Royston Town Council's planning committee supported the scheme there was concern about traffic movement.
Cllr Bill Prime told members on Monday evening: "There has long been a problem in getting in and out of the car park. There is a need for some kind of traffic control."
Members suggested that there could be the introduction of traffic lights or another method of controlling traffic using the car park.
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There were, too, objections from residents in Barnack Grove and Harding Crescent.
The committee, how-ever, said there should be screening and landscaping to overcome the problem.
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Committee chairman Cllr Rod Kennedy said: "There has been a long history about the car park and years of talks.
"We have to accept that it needs expansion."
The plan from Network Rail will see an additional 205 car parking spaces on a piece of land on the north side of the railway station. Currently, the car park has 167 parking spaces.
The planning application has been submitted in the wake of a Government White Paper which said an increase in station car parking would en-courage people to take longer journeys by train thus cutting down the use of motor vehicles.
In supporting the proposals, Network Rail said: "The provision of additional car parking spaces would help satisfy the increasing demand for parking at the station."
Network Rail described the current site as "unattractive open scrub".