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Row over developer funding puts Northampton bus scheme on hold

NORTHAMPTON'S NEW £40M city centre guided bus scheme was thrown in chaos this week by a row over developer funding contributions.

Plans to build a five-line network of guided bus routes faltered after Northampton Borough Council recommended a lower level of developer contributions than expected.

Rapid Transport International, which with bus operator Stagecoach is promoting the scheme, expected it to be fully funded by developer contributions. However it has now called for a judicial review into the amount of developer contributions that the council says will be available.

RTI development director Mike Kendrick said of the decision to bring the judicial review: 'There is a contention over the way the council's guidance should have been interpreted. The level (of developer contributions) recommended by the council is less than we would have expected.'

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