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Rail station’s name change would cost Northamptonshire County Council £200,000, Labour claims

Impression of Northampton's new railway station. Note that the name on top is simply 'Northampton Station'

Impression of Northampton's new railway station. Note that the name on top is simply 'Northampton Station'

 

Talks are under way to officially change the name of Northampton’s rail station to Northampton Castle Station at a cost to the taxpayer of £200,000, Labour has said.

Conservative leaders at County Hall have been talking with Network Rail regarding the new station’s change of name.

Quotes of between £150,000 and £200,000 have been given for signage alterations across the network, revised promotional material and new maps.

Any bill for the name change would have to be footed by Northamptonshire County Council.

Shadow Rail Minister, Lilian Greenwood MP, said: “Local taxpayers will be deeply concerned that this change could cost Northamptonshire County Council over £200,000.

“The news raises serious questions over the way that the Conservative leadership has handled the project, and in the current climate you really have to question whether this is the best use of taxpayers’ money.”

Councillor John McGhee, the Leader of the Labour Group, said: “Quite clearly we want to celebrate our county’s heritage and the significance of Northampton Castle, but there are far more cost effective ways of doing this.

“This Tory Administration has got its priorities wrong once again. You don’t spend £200,000 on a name change while people across the county are using food banks, when our roads are in such a dreadful condition and funding to the voluntary sector is being cut. It’s simply wrong.

“I hope this Tory Administration will re-consider its inappropriate expenditure immediately.”

 

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