Car v Train
What's safer? Car or train? It's a pretty clear answer
miles of road was driven on in Northants in 2019
people while using a car in 2018 in the UK
deaths due to car accidents per day (2013)
fatalities due to heavy rail in 2018-19
Traffic: A different issue
Traffic is an entirely different issue: in all types of towns in Northamptonshire, traffic is a problem. In Towcester, many traffic issues occur, being a hub for many A-roads in Northamptonshire including the A5 and A43. As well as this, Towcester is also a central hub for many other types of things such as a busy school, and the Admin HQ of the South Northamptonshire Council, the council that covers the towns of Towcester and Brackley and the surrounding large villages.
Roads are not the only problem, with bus connections to places such as South Northants from Daventry being non-existent, requiring a long, boring change in Northampton.
Pedestrian access to transport in Northamptonshire, and more specifically, Daventry/West Northants Council Areas, is not too good and not at all up to standard.
The three stations in the West Northants area include Long Buckby, Kings Sutton and of course, Northampton. Only one out of two has sufficient accessibility. Access to Kings Sutton’s London-bound platform is not possible without using a railway footbridge, and access to Long Buckby Northbound platform is not possible without using quite a dodgy tunnel and stairs.
We need a fresh start in accessibility. A new transport link would be just the answer.