EXTRA car parking is coming to Ponteland, with scores of new spaces being created in the town centre.

Work started on extending Merton Way car park on August 20 which will create an additional 60 spaces, including an extra seven disabled parking bays. The capacity will increase from 48 to 108 spaces.

The £325,000 scheme is expected to take up to 10 weeks to complete and will involve closing the existing car park, either in part or wholly, for the duration of the scheme.

Merton Way will be open to through traffic during the first two stages of the project, but closed for the final stage. A diversion route will be clearly signed.

Ponteland North councillor Richard Dodd is contributing £56,000 from his members’ small scheme fund towards the project.

Coun. Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “Ponteland, like many of our towns and villages, needs more car parking and this scheme will create much- needed capacity as well as providing a boost for local traders.”