east boldon metro station
9 January 2013

Work starts next week on a £25,000 project to add 13 extra free parking spaces at East Boldon Metro station.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro is adding spaces within the existing station car park.

The work, which starts on January 14 and will last about three weeks, will see the number of spaces increase from 58 to 71.

A handful of existing spaces will be closed off temporarily to allow contractors to do the job.

Cycle lockers are being moved to a new location within the car park to make room for the new spaces, and will themselves be upgraded later this year.

Tobyn Hughes, Director of Customer Services at Nexus, said: “East Boldon is a popular local park-and-ride facility for people catching Metro to Sunderland and Newcastle city centre.

“Nexus is investing £25,000 to add extra spaces within the existing car park area following consultation with councillors and residents.

“We hope this project will help ease parking congestion on nearby streets, which has been a long-standing concern for local residents.

“We will continue to look for ways to expand car parking at the station in future, though options we have so far explored have not unfortunately proved viable at present.”

Signs have been put up at the station and information posted online to warn station users about the work.

East Boldon station was converted to Metro use in 2002, having previously been a stop on the national rail network.

Passenger numbers have risen to more than 700,000 a year since then with ten trains an hour calling at the station, leading Nexus to work with local councillors and residents to address concerns that some passengers park in local streets.