Cllr David Mackintosh played a key role in securing an opening date for the new railway station
Northampton’s new £20 million railway station will open no later than January 12, after top level talks led by Conservative MP Brian Binley and David Mackintosh saw Network Rail agree to finally name a date.
During a meeting on Thursday, the pair put pressure on Network Rail to address concerns raised by the public following continued delays to the eagerly awaited new facility.
It has today been confirmed that the station will open no later than January 12 while London Midland has confirmed that the new lifts and over-bridge will open on Monday, December 15.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Everyone has been extremely patient, and we’ll all be glad to finally see the new station in use.
“It is a key gateway to our town, and the kind of facility that rail passengers to and from Northampton have deserved for many years.
“It will also be good to get on with demolition of the old station buildings so our plans for the new multi-storey car park can be put into operation.”
London Midland has now begun the work to move staff and equipment into the building as quickly as possible. This process normally takes three to four weeks. However London Midland has committed to opening the station sooner if all of the equipment and testing can be completed earlier.
Covering 2,500 square metres, the new building is twice the size of the old station. Shortly after the station opens more features will be added including a Starbucks, a Café Republic and a WH Smith store as well as an Enterprise car rental outlet.
The station is fully accessible with a lift between the car park entrance and the booking hall. The booking hall leads to a new over-bridge with covered stairs and new lifts to all platforms.
The new station also has more ticket barriers which means passengers can get to the platforms more easily than before. The station can be accessed from Black Lion Hill or via the car park opposite the entrance to the old station.