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Rail Central Consultation Closing on 23 April

Reminder to submit feedback ahead of the Phase Two deadline

Rail Central’s Phase Two public consultation closes on Monday 23 April – anyone wanting to provide their feedback is being encouraged to make sure they do so.

The Phase Two consultation started on 15 March. Six public exhibitions took place across Blisworth, Milton Malsor, Roade and Towcester between 15 and 24 March and more than 600 people visited the sessions to talk to the development team and view more details on the proposals.

James Digby from Rail Central said: “With the 23 April deadline fast approaching, we’re reminding anyone who wants to comment that now is the time to do so. The responses and feedback people give us during the Phase Two consultation can help to shape the scheme. We had some valuable discussions with people at the public exhibitions and we want to make Rail Central the best it can be. We’d encourage anyone who hasn’t submitted their feedback and wants to do so to make sure they send it in by 23 April.”

Rail Central is inviting feedback from the local community as well as a wider range of stakeholders and organisations.

All feedback submitted before the deadline will be logged and reviewed, as well as incorporated into the overall scheme design and development process, in line with the process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

Feedback from the Phase One consultation in 2016 resulted in a number of significant refinements to the draft proposals. These included landscaping, adjustments to road and access arrangements, and changes to proposals for the area of the site west of the A43 (which is now proposed to be parkland and green open space).

Anyone wanting to submit feedback can do so via the website (, by e-mailing to or by writing to ‘FREEPOST Rail Central’.

To encourage people to take part in the Phase Two consultation and raise awareness about the proposals, Rail Central issued more than 7,000 leaflets to properties across Blisworth, Milton Malsor, Roade and Towcester.

Following the close of the consultation, Rail Central will assess all of the feedback and complete further design and technical work before submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINs).

The application is anticipated to be submitted in the summer.

Notes to Editors

Anyone wanting to participate in the consultation can submit feedback from 15 March via special feedback forms (made available at the public exhibitions), by e-mailing or on-line at the Rail Central website ( or by post.

All feedback needs to be provided in writing by 11.59 on Monday 23 April.

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