A NORTH-EAST railway station has added 50 per cent extra car parking capacity - and is running an offer for commuters, visitors and residents.

LNER has created 147 additional car parking spaces in the form of a new two-level car park at Durham Railway Station following months of construction work.

The firm, which runs services between the region, North Yorkshire and London, said it is offering customers £5 all day parking from 9.30am every weekday.

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “Durham is one of the key destinations on the LNER route and we are delighted to be able to enhance the experience for customers using the station.

"The additional spaces mean more than 50 per cent extra parking will be available, making it easier for people wishing to make journeys from Durham Station, whether it be for business or leisure.”

It comes after has invested £3.7 million in the project, which also includes energy-efficient LED lighting and full CCTV coverage. 

Mr Horne added: “As the car park stands within a conservation area and within sight of the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, great care has been taken with the aesthetic appearance of the structure.

"The upper deck of the car park has been fitted with aluminium beams that have been printed to give the appearance of Italian walnut timber to complement the backdrop of the woodland behind the station.”

Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, welcomed the "boost" in parking capacity.

He said: “The completion of LNER’s new two-storey car park at Durham Railway Station is very good news for County Durham.

"Providing additional long-stay spaces will boost parking capacity, while also enhancing facilities at the station for residents and visitors travelling across the region and beyond.

“Improving connectivity and transport infrastructure is a major part of our long-term regeneration plans for the county.”

How much it will cost to park

Customers can currently park for £5 a day after 09.30 Monday to Friday, or for those having a long weekend, park anytime Friday to Monday for £12.

Customers parking at Durham Railway Station before 9.30am Monday to Friday will pay £14.50.