New car park at Northampton station running months behind reported opening date

A new car park at Northampton Railway Station is well behind the originally reported opening date.
A new car park at Northampton Railway Station is well behind the originally reported opening date.

Plans for a new car park at Northampton Railway Station are running months behind schedule due to an ongoing “feasibility study” Network Rail claims.

Last year Northampton Borough Council announced that it would be contributing £1 million to a 1,300-space car park on the site of the now-demolished former station.

Currently, a temporary metallic structure serves those paying to leave their cars at the multi-million-pound facility at Black Lion Hill, which opened in January this year.

But when the multi-storey new car park was first announced the borough council said it was hoping to have it completed by the end of 2015. However, so far the building phase is yet to begin.

The council says that the project is being led by Network Rail though it has agreed to part fund it.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “Network Rail is nearing the end of its feasibility study into better car parking facilities at Northampton station.

“We will continue to discuss the options for improvements with the council and the train operator (London Midland).”

In October last year the council said the new car park would feature a lift and a bridge, offering passengers direct access to the ticketing floor of the station.

Building work, it said, was expected to take between nine and 12 months and once complete, the current car park would be removed to make way for commercial and light industrial properties in Black Lion Hill.

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, planning and enterprise, could not shed any light on just how delayed the project is.

He said: “Network Rail is leading on this project, and we are doing all we can to assist as we are keen to see it progress.”