New long-stay car park could ease problems
Barton’s parking problems could be alleviated if plans for a new long-stay car park go ahead.
North Lincolnshire Council said it is in discussions with Network Rail about turning a piece of “wasteland” near the Barton Interchange into a car park, which will run alongside Butts Road.
Network Rail owns the disused piece of land and the local authority already budgeted £200,000 in 2015 for car parking improvements.
Problems with parking in Barton have previously been mooted by the town council with the main issue being the town centre car parks being used by long-term parkers.
Councillor Paul Vickers said if given the go-ahead, it is hoped this car park will be used by workers in the town, which will then free up space in the town centre car parks for shoppers.
“There are long-stay car parks in the town but they are not enforced. They are all first-come, first-served, ” Mr Vickers said.
“We think extra capacity down there would certainly be appreciated and would help alleviate parking issues around town.”
It is not yet known how many spaces would be at the new car park. It would be free.
Councillor Vickers said the new car park would not solve all the parking problems in the town, but it would be a “step in the right direction”.
He said: “We shall still look at car parking closer to the town centre.
“If Network Rail can do a deal, I would like to think this car park could be done on a fairly reasonable budget.”
Councillor Vickers said he would like to see the car park done this year.
Parking problems in Barton have previously been discussed by councillors.
Last year, ideas mooted included parking at the Tesco supermarket on Maltkiln Road, Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre and Country Park, the Humber Bridge viewing area, land in the Soutergate/Marsh Lane area, charging for parking and a one-way system through the town.