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Multi-storey car park plans back on track

Parking, roads and transport

08 December 2021

Northampton Railway Station sign and building frontage

Plans to make it easier to park at Northampton Railway Station, by building a new 1,198 space multi-storey car park, took a step forward after being agreed at last night’s Cabinet meeting (7 December).

We have been working closely with Network Rail and its development partner blocwork to bring forward a plan which would lead to the replacement of the decked car park currently on the site.

Future development

This plan will enable the wider site – which is part of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone – to be developed for residential, hotel, office and retail use.

“Northampton Railway Station desperately needs a new multi-storey car park to replace the temporary arrangements which currently exist there.

“Working with Network Rail and blocwork, we can create a facility which is much better for rail users who access the station by car.

“What it also allows us to do is improve other facilities in the longer term, including the creation of a cycling hub, a better taxi rank and drop-off point.

“Network Rail has also agreed to address the lack of a ramp at the front of the station building, which we know has been a frustration for both cyclists and those with mobility difficulties.”
Cllr Lizzy Bowen, West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth

How it will operate

The number of car park spaces at the station has been very carefully considered, taking account of what we think the longer-term impact of COVID-19 will be on the number of journeys to work.

We will be taking on a 40-year lease, and in return will retain the income from the new car park. That way, people using the new car park will be supporting services in West Northamptonshire, instead of that money being taken by a private company, as profit.

When will this happen?

If all goes to plan, the new multi-storey car park will be operational by April 2023. Full details can be found at item 14 of the Cabinet agenda on our website.

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