Northampton’s new £20 million railway station set to open tomorrow

Northampton railway station ahead of the opening on Monday
Northampton railway station ahead of the opening on Monday

Rail passengers will finally be able to use Northampton’s new multi-million railway station from tomorrow morning (Monday).

The first passengers are expected to come through the door of the station from around 5am tomorrow, after waiting for months for its completion.

Northampton railway station ahead of the opening on Monday NNL-150601-125835001

Northampton railway station ahead of the opening on Monday NNL-150601-125835001

The first train for staff to depart from the station - which is double the size of the old one - will leave at 4.15am.

There are ten ticket gates in the new station and in the coming week Starbucks, Coffee Republic, WHSmith and Enterprise car rental will all open new outlets within the station building.

In the interim period a temporary coffee station will be installed so customers can purchase hot drinks.

London Midland has advised customers to allow more time when first using the station to familiarise themselves with the new layout and ticket gate operation.

Dawn Watkins, London Midland’s station manager at Northampton, said: “It’s really important that customers remember to get a receipt, as we will not be able to remove individual tickets after they have been fed into the machine.

“This type of ticket barrier is in operation at most busy stations up and down the country, so it won’t be anything new to commuters, but we’re keen to get the message out to everyone.

“The ticket gates will be staffed, so assistance can be provided if customers are unsure what to do. There are also two extra-wide gates for people travelling with wheelchairs, heavy luggage or pushchairs”.

Northampton is London Midland’s fifth-busiest station of the 148 it manages, with 2.8 million passengers travelling through the station each year.

The station has been years in the planning, with work officially beginning in April 2013.

The new station development was led by a partnership between Network Rail, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council.

The Chron will be reporting live from the new station from 5am tomorrow.



The old Northampton railway station is set to be demolished in the next few weeks ahead of being turned into a multi-storey car park.

The temporary footbridge used to access the platforms is being dismantled this weekend as the booking hall in the new station leads to a new over-bridge with covered stairs and lifts to all platforms.

The new station can be accessed from Black Lion Hill or via the car park opposite the entrance to the old station.

A total of almost three million passengers are expected to use the new railway station in Northampton every year.



The new railway station includes information boards that display details of the

history of Northampton Castle.

Last year, the Conservative-led Northamptonshire County Council announced its intention to rename the station from Northampton to Northampton Castle.

However, the plans, which would cost £200,000, were attacked as a waste of taxpayers’ money by opposition Labour councillors.

In April, Councillor John McGhee, leader of the Labour group on the county council, 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.”

Changing the name of the station would require updating announcements at stations and on trains, plus

redesigning and producing new travel maps and timetables.