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I feel this is a thread that's been a long time coming, so I'm going to kick it off with the new plans for the railway station... (pictures copyright West Northamptonshire Development Corporation)





These plans are a massive improvement over the current station which hasn't been fit for purpose for some time. My only problem with these plans is the lack of additional platforms, which I think Northampton needs with the present three through platforms regularly being simultaneously occupied. I think a new south-facing bay platform would free up space for additional through services, possibly even long-distance ones.

That aside this is a very positive step in my opinion and will make Castle station feel much more like a regional node. Please do all tell me what you think, and share anything you know about all other upcoming developments in Northampton!
 

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Now THAT is a massive improvement! I've been following developments in my home town as best I can, but I missed this one. Northampton station and I have a lot of fond memories so it's great to see it getting a facelift.

I'll be checking by this thread as often as I can to see the updates. Thanks for your effort!
 

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I fear it may be a long time before those plans come to fruition, but my god, WHAT an improvement!!!!

A friend of mine used to live on the estate on the opposite side of the railway so i'd walk past the station going to/from town quite regularly and its very grim at the moment. So long as there's adequate parking/bus/taxi facilities, I say GET ON WITH IT!

As I do with the Grosvenor Centre development. Does anyone have any images for this?
 

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I don't know if I'm the only one interested in this or not, but there are plans to replace Greyfriars Bus Station with a smaller facility on the site of the Fishmarket. The plans have met with oposition by three main groups; people who feel the new bus station is too small, people who feel Greyfriar's warrants keeping and people who feel the Fishmarket warrants keeping. An article about the latter is here: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/english-heritage-refuses-to-list-northampton-s-fishmarket-saying-it-s-not-of-historical-interest-1-3642419

Here is an article on the new bus station and the negative reactions to it - http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/environment-transport/angry_users_and_drivers_criticise_new_northampton_bus_station_plans_at_public_exhibition_1_3437556

Here's the plan for the new station, which has 12 bays instead of the current 22. Photo copyright to Northamptonshire County Council I believe, but I'll happily edit my post if that's incorrect.
 

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Finance agreed for the new 20 million railway station and building works starts later this year. Also compulsory land purchase for the new riverside development near by has taken place.
 

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The redevelopment of the Grosvenor Centre has been thrown out for now. L&G say that the current scheme is not viable. What a surprise years of waiting for a start. A scheme coming forward. Now its been thrown out by the developers. What a load of shit. Northampton is going to get worse before it gets better.:eek:hno:
 

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The redevelopment of the Grosvenor Centre has been thrown out for now. L&G say that the current scheme is not viable. What a surprise years of waiting for a start. A scheme coming forward. Now its been thrown out by the developers. What a load of shit. Northampton is going to get worse before it gets better.:eek:hno:
Does this affect the relocation of the bus station?
 

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I am not sure. I would think not. It's better they build the new bus station and then in the future when the redevelopment of the Grosvenor becomes viable again they will be able to press ahead quickly knowing that the station has opened
 

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In other transport news First have confirmed they intend to sell their operation in Northampton as part of a restructuring of their nationwide business. As though the handful of routes they've not yet canceled (the 2, 4, 4A, 12, 23, 28 and 29/30) weren't difficult to sell enough they've also begun a process of swapping 02-reg vehicles with R and S-reg ones from Norwich in the run up to the sale.

A sale to Stagecoach is unlikely as this would give them a monopoly and would get referred to the Office of Fair Trading. The main contenders to buy the operation are probably Centrebus and unexpected new arrival Uno who will be taking over routes 18, 19 and 21 from September. Local independents like Meridian and Country Lion aren't in a position to take on the operation (and frankly seem to struggle with their current routes) and Arriva pulled out of Northampton during 2010/11 and so are unlikely to return. The other possibility is that nobody buys, First cancel the routes and pack up their bags and Stagecoach register new routes along the popular corridors with NCC tendering out the others. I hope that doesn't happen because whilst Stagecoach offer a good service with good vehicles their fares are extortionate and giving them a total monopoly would in my opinion be bad for Northampton.

Catch 'em while you can!!

 

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Just thought I'd bump this up since things are moving along..

Lifting this from the Northampton Alive info:

The Secretary of State has granted permission for the demolition of the Fishmarket and demolition work is due to start in November 2012, with completion of the new interchange due by the end of 2013. The Bus Interchange development, which is being jointly promoted by Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation is a key step in the regeneration of the town centre.

Kier Construction Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor to build the
Bus Interchange.


The train station is also going ahead although I'm not entirely sure about the timeframe.. It should be ready by 2014 as far as I remember..
 

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Just thought I'd bump this up since things are moving along..

Lifting this from the Northampton Alive info:

The Secretary of State has granted permission for the demolition of the Fishmarket and demolition work is due to start in November 2012, with completion of the new interchange due by the end of 2013. The Bus Interchange development, which is being jointly promoted by Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation is a key step in the regeneration of the town centre.

Kier Construction Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor to build the
Bus Interchange.


The train station is also going ahead although I'm not entirely sure about the timeframe.. It should be ready by 2014 as far as I remember..
The rail station development is great and long overdue.

If regenerating/improving the town centre is the goal then the Fishmarket bus station is a step in completely the wrong direction. It's far too small and understated. All it's going to do is cause congestion and result in a further worsening of Northampton's bus services.
 

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Work has begun on the new 'cinepod' at Derngate. The one screen cinema will show international, art-house, documentary and Hollywood films - I personally think it's going to be a fantastic addition to the town's cultural life. I know we have Forum, but having it in the centre makes all the difference.

You can see more information at the link below including a cam on the construction site:
http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/en/Home/TheTheatres/Cinema
 

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Northampton Castle Train Station

Today final images have been released of the new train station. Works will begin in April/May this year, with the building's outer shell finished in 6 months. The building will then be internally fitted out and should be open by Summer 2014. A new footbridge will replace the inadequate one that currently connects the platforms. Once the new station is up and running, the existing one will be demolished! - the new station will be against the roadside of Black Lion Hill. This will be such an improvement to what is currently rather an embarrassment.

The stations new website http://www.northamptonstation.co.uk/ - has further details and a timeline for completion!

Later stages will see retail, office and new multi storey car parks built on the land around the station.





 
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