Northampton could take advantage of a proposed new railway line to link up with a major regeneration hotspot in London.
Plans are currently underway to build a new line, known as East West Rail, linking Bedford and Cambridge as part of a plan to connect Oxford to Cambridge on a direct service.
But a group of local authorities think the build could also be a chance to indirectly connect Northampton to the Old Oak Station in west London, an area earmarked to create 25,000 new homes and 65,000 new jobs.
The Old Oak Station, scheduled to open in 2026, will be an interchange for the Heathrow Express, HS2 and Crossrail, and transport group Englands Economic Heartland believe Northampton can profit from the build.
Councillor Heather Smith, leader of Northamptonshire County Council and chairman of England’s Economic Heartland’s strategic transport forum, said: “We all know the benefits East West Rail will bring to Northampton in terms of providing connections to cities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and faster travel to Bedford. However, although it might not be obvious from its name, East West Rail actually has the potential to benefit all points on the compass.
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