Fresh calls for a Weedon station

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DAVENTRY District Council (DDC) has led fresh calls for a new train station in Weedon.

The request came from the council’s strategy group that met on Thursday last week to discuss its reaction to Northamptonshire County Council’s (NCC) transport strategy.

DDC is to ask NCC to promote the potential new station at the general location on the West Coast Main Line fast line which would see people from the town access it via the A45.

The council’s strategic planning and strategic health portfolio holder, Cllr Kay Driver, said: “We are very critical of this strategy in that we do not think it is nearly ambitious enough.

“In addition to the improvements that we think should be made to Long Buckby train station, we would like to see a promotion of the new train station in the district, ideally to be built at Weedon.”

A station opened in the village in 1888 but was closed 70 years later in September 1958.

Also in the response is a desire to improve the overall appearance of the station at Long Buckby – the only train station in the Daventry district – and for an improved bus service between the town and the train station.

In the long term, DDC has asked NCC to look at providing the A45 bypass.

The response was agreed by the strategy group and will now be sent off to NCC, which is currently running a public consultation on its Northamptonshire Transportation Plan.

The public consultation on the transport strategy will end on Thursday, December 13.

For more details and to see the strategy visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/council/consultations/pages/register.aspx