Smart Mode - Multimodal Travel

Being Smart can mean using a number of different transport modes for your journey where suitable

Using different means of transport for a journey can sometimes actually be the quickest, easiest and most convenient way to undertake that journey!

Continue reading for examples of different journeys in Northamptonshire that are suited to using a number of different modes…

Maps for different transport modes and iphone


Examples of Northamptonshire based multimodal journeys...

Work in Brackmills Industrial Estate?


Have you tried catching a bus or train into town and then cycling or walking the rest of the way to Brackmills?


Cycle Hire


There are Cycle CoNNect stations (where you can pick up and drop off hire bikes) located directly outside Northampton Train Station and around the corner from Northgate Bus Station

There are also three stations located at and around Brackmills Industrial Estate meaning it is possible to cycle between Brackmills and town without even owning a bike!

Click here to find out the exact locations of the Cycle CoNNect stations

Cycle CoNNect Station Map
Bicycle outside of shop


Cycle it...

It is also worth noting that some businesses operating on the Brackmills Industrial Estate have private cycle parking which allows employees to safely and securely lock up their personal bikes.

Incorporating dedicated and segregated shared use walking and cycling lanes; the walking and cycling route between town and Brackmills routes next to the River Nene, through Beckets Park, on to a segregated shared use walking and cycling path on the A45 eventually routing on to Caswell Road.

Click here to view a map of National Cycle Route 6 which routes between Northampton Town Centre and Brackmills Industrial Estate.


Walk it...



Walking from town to Brackmills takes approximately 30 minutes each way.

Why not try and walk this once a week and use it to help you reach your recommended 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week. It would be a great way to reach your weekly steps target as well!

Shared use cycle and walk sign

Smart Mode in Action -  A Multimodal Case Study

Do you multi mode?


Primark Car Sharers


Some Smart people at the Primark Distribution Centre in Thrapston (Kettering) have organised sharing their journeys to work via a Facebook group where colleagues can advertise their car sharing needs.

Verified Car Sharers Only Spaces spray paint

To encourage car sharing, Primark have provided around 50 car sharing spaces near the depot’s entrance providing car sharers with an exclusive quicker access to work and (more importantly) a quicker exit from work!

Car Sharing offers you the flexibility to meet at a mutual place and complete just some of the journey by car share if this works out easier.

You can walk, cycle, catch the bus or train or even drive to a meeting point that suits all.

Every morning I walk 15 minutes down the road to my local petrol station where I get picked up by my colleague who is part of the car sharing initiative. The petrol station is a great place to meet as it’s near the edge of town, (so we can exit town quickly and avoid traffic), it’s a central meeting point for everyone and allows the driver to top up on petrol if they need. I enjoy car sharing to work as it is a great way to catch up about work, life or even just last night’s Corrie with colleagues!
Cecylia from Corby who works at the Primark Distribution Centre in Thrapston