The new Northampton Railway station is something the whole town can be proud of, MP Brian Binley said.
The leaders of Northampton Borough and Northamptonshire County Councils, as well as the town’s mayor and two MPs were all at the new station on Monday morning for its long-awaited first day of being open to commuters.
Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin also visited the station on its first day and unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening.
Conservative MP for Northampton South Brian Binley, who is also the chairman of the Northampton Rail Users Group, said the station would benefit businesses in the town.
He said: “We have now got a station we can be proud of. When people come to the town to do business they will be impressed and we certainly couldn’t say that about the last station.
“We have now got a railway station where commuters are going to feel comfortable.”
Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis said; “This is a fantastic new station and a new investment in Northampton.
“None of this would have been possible without a £15 million investment of money from the Government.
“It is great news for commuters across the board and is a 50-year investment in the town.”
Sally Keeble, prospective Labour candidate for Northampton North, said she was impressed with the new station but would like to see access made even easier for disabled people.
She said: “I think this is an important first stage of a chain of development and it will help regenerate the town.”
Dr Marie Dickie, chairman of Friends of Northampton Castle, who attended the opening and offered commuters a 3D ‘tour’ of the castle site using a headset, said she was pleased with the information boards in the new station.
She said: “We have been working with those building it to try to get some history into the modern setting and the etchings on the glass that show the town in 1610 and the ruins of the castle is one of the features.
“We’ve also had some pagan poetry and some inscribed benches put around the station.”