PARKING attendants will be given powers to fine people who breach new restrictions at train station car parks in East Lothian.

Negotiations are under way between ScotRail and East Lothian Council to let the local authority take over management of station car parks, currently overseen by the train company.

Plans to introduce restrictions, including yellow lines, waiting restrictions and loading and unloading areas, were given the go-ahead at a meeting of the council’s cabinet.

The move is part of a series of measures to tackle indiscriminate parking in the county.

There are also proposals to extend 30mph zones around new housing developments which are being built on the outskirts of communities.

In a report to cabinet, Peter Forsyth, road assets manager, said that all but two station car parks in the county were managed by ScotRail but talks were under way to allow the council to take over.

It would mean areas where drivers were parking “indiscriminately” could be painted with yellow lines or have waiting times restricted.

He said: “At this moment in time we are in conversation with ScotRail, all but two stations are run by them and they use transport police who do not enforce anything.”

Wallyford Park and Ride car park and the new extension to Longniddry Railway Station car park are already owned and managed by East Lothian Council.

Mr Forsyth said the range of measures which could be in place within 12 months were to “avert danger to road users; to aid free unrestricted movement on the road; to prevent inappropriate use of the road and/or adjoining property; and to improve the amenity of the area”.

As well as introducing restrictions at the car parks, the cabinet also approved moves to extend 30mph restrictions at new housing developments at Windygoul South, Tranent; Orchardfield, East Linton; Roselea Cottage, near Pencaitland; and on the approach to Oak Tree Junction, Haddington.

Plans to introduce parking restrictions at entrances to  industrial estates at Newhailes in Musselburgh and The Heugh, North Berwick, were approved.

In North Berwick, changes will include new double yellow lines at the through road at Imperial Car Park, single yellow and waiting restrictions at the former bus stop on Quality Street and double yellow lines and disabled bays on Melbourne Road.

Haddington will see double yellow lines introduced around junctions at Haldane Avenue, Hospital Road, Aberlady Road, Hopetoun Drive, Alderston Gardens and Rosehall Court.

Plans to downgrade double yellows on the town’s Court Street to allow loading and unloading were also approved, as well as a move to make a disabled bay at Haddington Primary School car park enforceable.

School-time yellow lines will be introduced near Preston Tower Primary School’s infant campus in Prestonpans.

Double yellow lines will also be introduced outside a new nursery on Warrender Crescent, Dunbar; and on Muirpark Road, Tranent; Chuckers Row, Wallyford; and Jim Bush Drive, Prestonpans.