'Travesty' as rail company rejects new car park 100 yards from Brough station - for being too far away

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Jul 2018

A squeeze on car parking spaces near Brough railway station is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Two existing car parks at the popular station are regularly full, forcing commuters to search for spaces in nearby streets.

Some even end up missing their trains because there is nowhere to park.

But East Riding councillors heard the situation is unlikely to change after a rail company rejected an offer to use nearby land 100 yards away for a new car park - because it was "too far" from the station.

Brough railway station

The land was offered under lease by the owners of the BAE Systems site with sufficient potential space for 100 parking places.

However, TransPennine Express turned down the offer and part of the site has now been re-developed with a new fire station being built on it.

Speaking at an East Riding scrutiny meeting, the authority's principal transport officer Mark Jessop said the site was only 100 yards from the station and revealed the council had offered to improve a connecting footpath as part of the offer.

Brough's new fire station was built on land originally offered as an extra car park for the town's railway station

"Unfortunately, TransPennine Express decided it was too far away and declined the offer and now that site is lost.

"We continue to look for parking opportunities in Brough because the station is a fantastic resource and is very well-used but, strictly speaking, the existing car parks are an issues for the railways, not us as a council."

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Mr Jessop said congestion in the car parks was a daily problem, often leaving commuters with no alternative to park in nearby streets.

Finding a parking space at Brough station can be a problem

Councillor Richard Meredith said: "Turning down the offer of that site for a car park was a travesty.

"The car parks are permanently full as are the ten nearest streets to the station.

"People end up parking across drives and on junctions. I know we carry out regular parking enforcement in the area but we need to keep pressing the railway company to do more."

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