A footbridge at Northampton Railway Station has been removed as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the site.
A 750-tonne crane was used to remove the footbridge on Sunday and it will be replaced by a wider version which will connect directly to the main station building.
Construction of the new £20 million railway station officially began last week.
Chris Garden, director of regeneration at the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC), said: “The old footbridge was out of date and at capacity during peak times of travel.
“Its removal marks an important stage in the construction programme, as we make way for a much-improved crossing.
“The new footbridge will be emblematic of the overall station development, providing more space and a better travel experience”
To minimise disruption, the removal of the footbridge was scheduled so that it coincided with wider, planned engineering works on the West Coast Main Line. No trains were running through the station on Sunday to allow for the work to be completed.
Bus replacement services were operating for passengers travelling on the line between Northampton and London Euston during the day.
The new 2,500 sq metre railway station is due to open in autumn 2014 and will include larger shops and a cafe.
Longer-term phases of the development potentially include a new multi-storey car park and a 28,000 sqm commercial development.
John Markham, chairman of WNDC, said: “After years of planning, design and securing resources, seeing work start on the station is a special moment for the town.
“The scheme is at the forefront of Northampton’s regeneration.”