By the end of the festive period, a new footbridge will be in place, while the main structure will have started to rise. The £20 million station will be twice the size of the current building with improved facilities, including bigger and better shops, cafés and waiting areas.
Construction of the 2,500 sq m building started in August, with utility diversions and foundation works now complete. Work on the steel superstructure will start this month, alongside the construction of a footbridge, which will eventually be joined to the new station.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “A great deal of work has already been done on-site, preparing it for the construction work which will now begin.
“This new station makes a bold statement about our aspirations for the town and will provide a fitting welcome for visitors. It ties in closely with other important regeneration projects like the new bus station, St Peter’s Waterside and the innovation centre, which are also under way. Northampton’s star is rising and we are working hard to ensure it continues to do so.”
The new and improved station will open in summer next year and will be followed by the demolition of the existing building. Longer-term phases of the development potentially include a 1,270 space multi-storey car park, as well as a 28,000 sq m commercial development.