Venues and dates revealed for Northamptonshire rail depot plans

Public exhibitions will be held in Northamptonshire villages from next week so people can comment on draft proposals for the controversial Rail Central scheme.

Thursday, 21st April 2016, 6:26 am

The consultation will see exhibitions held in Blisworth, Milton Malsor, Collingtree, Roade and Towcester. In total, there will be eight public exhibition dates between April 28 and May 21.

Feedback forms will be available and members of the Rail Central project team will attend the exhibitions to help answer questions.

James Digby from Rail Central said: “Consultation is a fundamental part of planning major projects like Rail Central and it’s important that there is a thorough and comprehensive approach which enables people to contribute to the planning process.

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“These exhibitions and the supporting information that we’re publishing for consultation now will give people more information about how we’re developing our plans. “We look forward to hosting the exhibitions and setting out more information about what’s involved.”

At the public exhibitions, people will be able to view “information panels” and discuss the proposals with members of Ashfield Land, promoter of Rail Central, and the technical project team.

The information public exhibitions will also be available on the project website (

A spokesman for Ashfield Land said: “The project can then have regard to the feedback received and [written feedback] can contribute to the final planning proposals which Ashfield Land intends to submit to the Planning Inspectorate in the first quarter of 2017.”

The deadline for comments is Friday, September 30, 2016.

Further information is also set to be issued later this year and a separate consultation is planned with statutory and technical stakeholders during autumn 2016.

If permission were to be granted to build Rail Central, the earliest potential start of construction would be in 2019.

Public consultation venues and dates:

Thursday, 28 April 2016

noon – 8pm

Walnut Tree Inn, 21 Station Road, Blisworth

Friday 6 May 2016

12pm – 8pm

Walnut Tree Inn 21 Station Road

Saturday 7 May 2016

11am – 4pm

Blisworth Village Hall, 19 Stoke Road

Friday 13 May 2016

11am – 5pm

Roade Village Hall, Bailey Brooks Lane

Saturday 14 May 2016

11am – 4pm

​Collingtree Village Hall, The High Street​

Wednesday 18 May 2016

noon – 8pm

Towcester Town Hall, Watling Street

Friday 20 May 2016

noon – 8pm

Milton Malsor Village Hall

Saturday 21 May 2016

11am – 4pm

​Blisworth Village Hall, Stoke Road​