People's pod panel meeting

A NEW people's panel that will advise Daventry District Council as it moves towards building a pod pilot track in town meets for the first time today (Thursday).

The council has begun the procurement process for a pod pilot scheme, and over the next year will appoint a specialist supplier to provide the system.

The panel will give local people the chance to play a significant role as the project is driven forward.

Chris Millar, leader of the council, said: “The eyes of the world are on Daventry with this project and we want to be sure that the future needs of people living in the district are best served.

“It is vital, therefore, that we have residents involved in this process. The advisory group will play a key role in exploring the practicalities of the various personal rapid transport [PRT] systems that are available to us.

“We have eight people confirmed for the first meeting, but we would like to hear from more who could join us.

“There may ultimately be a limit to numbers but we want as diverse a mix as possible so all viewpoints are heard. The input of members will directly influence the final project.”

Initially the scheme would see pods running on a three-mile track around the town with five stops and a depot.

The pods would arrive at a stop on demand and the vehicle would take passengers along the most direct route to their chosen destination.

Anyone interested who lives in the Daventry district interested should contact