OFFICIALS from Northamptonshire County Council have said a new railway station should be built to the south of Northampton to help the county’s commuters.
Experts from County Hall are currently trying to work out how Northamptonshire can benefit from plans to build a high speed railway line between Birmingham and London.
They have said the best result for the county would be for a new station to be built on the high speed line near Brackley.
But as that is unlikely to happen as the high speed line is designed to have no stops between Birmingham and London, it has instead been suggested a new station should be built on the existing Euston line near Blisworth, Roade, Weedon or Hunsbury.
A report which will be seen by members of the council next week said: “The most ambitious target is to get a station in south Northamptonshire on HS2 itself in the Brackley area near to the M40 so the area would gain directly from the building of the line.
“The other and more likely option is a station on the existing through-line from Euston. It could be located at Blisworth, close to the A43 and the M1. Other possible sites are Roade, Weedon and Hunsbury.
“It would mainly serve passengers from Daventry, South Northants and the western edge of Northampton, who currently use Milton Keynes and Rugby stations or go the whole journey by car.
“Such a station could have trains to Birmingham and London, as well as connecting us to the HS2 Interchange for travellers going further afield.”
The report also calls for four trains an hour to link Northampton with the HS2 interchange in Birmingham.
The proposals have been welcomed by councillors.
The leader of the opposition at County Hall, Councillor Brendan Glynane (Lib Dem, Delapre) said: “I think having a new station to the south of Northampton would be a good idea and the locations suggested, close to the M1, sound good.
“It may of course have an impact on Northampton town centre, but I think it would certainly be good for the people on the west of the town. It would make travel much more easy for them.”
The proposals will be discussed by the council during a meeting at County Hall next week. Their views will then be passed on to the Government.