Mayorhold – Lady's Lane
Located about 5 minutes from the Market Square in the Town centre, this is a multi-storey car park.
Pay on Foot
Capacity: 1,054 cars
Monday to Saturday: 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
3 Hours: £2.40
1-9 Lady's Lane, Northampton NN1 2NG
First, you must go inside the Grosvenor shopping mall, right on the second floor you can see the guide how you can reach the station, then you have to go up again using the escalator to get to the bus station.
I had a chance to take some photos when I went back to the shop where I left my stuff. I didn't notice I forgot to bring some of my shopping stuff. I left somewhere! but thanks I realize before was too late. That worries me a lot, but funny I couldn't imagine I can walk that fast just tried to catch if my stuff still there:))
Northampton is connected to the rest of the country by train via the lines to London and Birmingham. The railway station is about half a mile to the west of the town centre and there's a local bus stop just outside as well as plentiful (and hopeful) taxis.
Trains to and from London run approximately every 30 minutes during the day with a journey time of about an hour and to Birmingham with a similar frequency and also a similar journey time.
The station itself is fairly basic but does have a couple of cafes, a WH Smiths and a cashpoint (ATM) but certainly isn't a destination in its own right. It was built on the site of Northampton's former castle (which was, in its heyday, quite a magnificent one) and the subsequent rebuilding as the town's main rail station in the 1960's totally obliterated all of the castle's remains except for one of its postern gates which was moved up the road as a monument.
Functional, rather than pretty, but the trains seem to run pretty much on time!
Northampton's Greyfriars Bus Station is located in the town centre, behind the Grovesnor Shopping Centre, to which it is linked. This is busy bus station acting as the terminus for most of the local bus services as well as the country-wide National Express Coaches.
The services themselves are frequent and local fares quite reasonable with both the main operators, Stagecoach and First, offering town and county-wide day tickets.
The bus station itself though is a bit of a Stygian behomoth, being one of the town's 1970's architectural experiments and whilst it does have a sort of "brutalist" appeal it strikes me as niether aesthetic nor functional.
The entrances to the main hall are all stark, dimly-lit underpasses or the, rarely-operational, escalators from the Grovesnor Centre. Because the bus bays are fully enclosed the atmosphere is always heavy with diesel fumes and the whole place is really trashy.
There is signage for the bays for the main routes and an electronic timetable but on the last occasion I was there I needed to get a bus run by one of the smaller operators, Meridian, to the village of Gayton. There was no easy signage for this at all and I ended up having to walk around until I found the relevant bay.
Not my favourite bus station in the world! But a nice bus journey from Northampton to Gayton on the Meridian #86, humping over the Grand Union Canal and through the lush Northants farmlands, was enjoyed.
From 20.12.03 Virgin will start to run some of their new electric Pendlino trains on the Euston to Northampton service. To start with there will only one each way a day. These trains are the new 140mph tilting trains, but initially they will not be exceeding 125mph.