£85 million price tag for Pods in Daventry

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BUILDING a pod network in Daventry would cost around £85 million, one of the district council’s top managers has revealed.

Simon Bowers, Daventry District Council’s (DDC) corporate manager for development and property, added that bringing pods to Daventry would be the best way to solve the town’s transport problems.

He was speaking at a Niches + event held at Daventry Leisure Centre on Tuesday along with leading figures in European and UK transport policy.

The conference heard that the Government has a pot of £560 million set aside for innovative transport projects in the UK.

And Mr Bowers said DDC would consider applying for funds from that pot to run a short pod pilot scheme in the town.

However, that would only be for a few million pounds, whereas it is estimated the cost of a full pod network in Daventry would cost between £80 million and £85 million.

Mr Bowers said: “Budget constraints mean more buses aren’t the best option and trams aren’t viable in this area.

“That’s led us down the route of pods”.

For the full story, see today’s (Thursday) Daventry Express.