Give Northampton a direct train to South West London, says borough council

Northampton Railway Station could be linked up to London Marylebone in the scheme.
Northampton Railway Station could be linked up to London Marylebone in the scheme.
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Northampton has thrown its hat into the ring in a bid to be part of a new railway link to south west London.

The borough council has staked its interest to include the town in an ongoing plan, known as the East West Rail Consortium, to connect Oxford to Cambridge.

If successful, a new train service from London Marylebone to Milton Keynes could carry on to Northampton Railway Station.

Deputy leader councillor Phil Larratt has been appointed Northampton's representative at the consortium to negotiate the town's place on the scheme.

Councillor Larratt said: "I'm positive that Northampton could and should benefit from this new scheme.

"Northampton has not, for a long time, enjoyed a good rail service to anywhere other than Birmingham and London. If there is an opportunity to improve the town's railway links we will take it.

"We need to get engaged with the consortium and push for Northampton to be more prominent in their plans."

It is hoped that Northampton can be added as an extra stop on a service from London Marylebone through Aylesbury to Milton Keynes Central.

Councillor Larratt said: "We have made no plans to invest money in the project at the moment. If there's a way we can help develop this in a way that benefits Northampton economically we will consider it."

The East West Rail Consortium is a group made up of councils and businesses. A key goal of the group is to build up links between Cambridge and Bedford.