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Support the reopening of the Northampton-Bedford rail link and protect the corridor.

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"Cambridge – Northampton was identified as a priority pair for testing due to the potential for journey time competitiveness (compared to car travel) and enhancement (compared to existing rail). The prioritisation process has subsequently identified this journey pair as a very high priority in both the NTEM/Tempro and Local Plan growth scenarios. Whilst the journey time saving of Cambridge – Oxford and Cambridge – Northampton are the same, the faster journey time possible between Cambridge and Northampton means that a higher level of transport user benefits and GVA commuting benefits are generated, meaning that Cambridge – Northampton emerges as a higher overall priority.
In the Local Plan Growth scenario journey pairs of Luton and Luton Airport with Northampton are identified as being high priority. The GVA impacts indicate that improving the labour market accessibility of both Luton and Northampton has the potential to generate significant GVA impacts"

Source: East West Rail - Central Section Conditional Outputs Statement East West Rail Consortium Final Report 8 August 2014, Page 64 - but scatterings about too. It therefore makes sense to adopt local government transport policies which protect former routes and adequate space for realignments/deviations where subsequent to closure blockages exist. None of this was apparent at a recent Council Planning Committee. Yet protecting route and realignment space, supporting the idea and studying it further are integral to the proposition being tangible. Our Blogspot contains more information:

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