The new £20 million railway station in Northampton opened this morning.
The station opened at 4am, ready for the first train service to depart Northampton at 04.15 for London Euston.
The transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, was on hand to unveil a plaque at the Booking Office.
The new building is 2,500 square metres, twice the size of the old station.
London Midland plan to add more features including a Starbucks, a Café Republic and a W H Smith store as well as an Enterprise car rental outlet.
Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals are asking people to avoid Accident and Emergency departments where possible. Hospitals across the region, and nationwide have struggled to cope with demand in recent weeks.
Kettering and Northampton are rearranging some routine operations and appointments in order to care for the most critically ill patients, after what they say has been their busiest winter on record. They have apologised for any inconvenience caused, and say that all patients who are affected by the postponements will be contacted.
"We have opened additional beds across the hospital to allow us to meet the care needs of patients.
"Over the last two weeks we have had a 15% increase in admissions to hospital beds. Compared to the same period last year - when we were also very busy - that means we are receiving, on average, an additional 16 patients needing hospital beds each day."
At Northampton Hospital 2,772 patients have gone to A&E during the last 10 days, with 751 of those needing emergency treatment. The hospital has also opened extra beds to help cope with demand.
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Northampton on Saturday 27th December which left a 57-year old man with injuries to his face.
The man left a pub in Clare Street between 11.30pm and midnight and was walking along Artizan Road when he was approached by 2 or 3 men who then assaulted him.
The men were tall, white and in their late 20s.
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the assault to contact them through the 101 number.
A boy was knocked unconscious when he was attacked by a girl's father in a Northampton fast food restaurant.
The 14-year-old was in the Sixfields branch of McDonalds between 5pm and 6pm on Sunday, December 28, when he accidentally bumped into a young girl and knocked her over.
In retaliation, the girl's father punched the boy, knocking him unconscious and leaving him with a swollen nose, bruised eye, blurred vision and a bump on the back of the head.
The man was white, in his mid to late 20s and between 6ft 1in and 6ft 2in. He had slightly tanned skin, short black hair and stubble. He was wearing jeans, trainers and either a grey or a blue hoodie.
Northampton Saints players have committed their futures to the club. Among them fly-half Stephen Myler, who's the second highest points scorer in Saints history.
Fellow backs George Pisi, Tom Stephenson and James Wilson are the others. The news welcomed today by one of the Saints star forwards.
It's been confirmed that Northampton's new £20million train station will finally open on Monday January 12.
London Midland had suggested that the station would open at some point next month, but a definitive date has now been agreed.
There had been criticism from many that the station had taken too long to open, with the town's council leader and local MP demanding answers from Network Rail about the delay earlier this month.
"The new station is a fantastic addition to the town.
Its modern design and new facilities provide a fitting gateway to Northampton and is the latest example of investment in the rail network to meet the demands of an increasing number of passengers.
We have all been frustrated by the delay to the opening but I hope everyone will agree the new station was worth the wait when it comes into use on 12 January.”
A letter written by a Northamptonshire soldier from the trenches of the First World War could fetch £20,000 at auction.
The note by Lance Corporal Willie Loasby describes how he organised the famous Christmas Day Truce by shouting to German soldiers in nearby trenches.
The letter is being sold by a collector from Northampton.
"It's a first hand account written to his mother and it gives details of how they contacted the Germans, how they met, how they were quite antagonistic towards each other, but became quite friendly really."
Two bars in Northampton will remain closed for the foreseeable future after a fight on Friday 12 December which left eight people in hospital.
The licensing committee for Northampton Borough council has met to decide the fate of NU bar and Faces, both on Bridge street. They both had their licences suspended.
The council says it will keep the suspension in force until a review of the licences again in January.
Two bars in Northampton which had their licences suspended after a street brawl almost a week ago, will learn today if they can re-open.
More than 50 people were involved in the riot which broke out in the early hours of Friday 12th December outside the Nu Bar and Face Bar in Bridge Street in Northampton.
Northampton Borough Council's licensing committee will decide if any further action will be taken.
8 people were injured during the brawl, with 6 people suffering stab wounds, with one person remaining in hospital in a stable condition.
A 19 year old man has been arrested by Police on suspicion of GBH in connection with the incident in Bridge Street.
The M1 in Northamptonshire has now fully re-opened after a collision at 4.30am closed the road for around 7 hours.
A man died in the accident between Junction 16 and 18.
There were long delays all morning and traffic was trapped on the carriageway way after the collision.
Delays stretched back to junction 15.