A new footbridge will be lifted into place on Christmas Eve at Northampton’s new £20 million railway station.
It forms part of a milestone month in the construction of the station, as works on the steel structure of the facility has now started, following the completion of foundation works.
The station will be twice the size of the current building with improved facilities, including bigger shops, cafes and waiting areas. Construction of the 2,500 sqm building started in August.
To avoid disruption to passengers, the bridge span will be lifted into place overnight on Christmas Eve and early on Christmas Day, when the West Coast Main Line is due to be closed anyway.
Chris Garden, regeneration director at West Northamptonshire Development Corporation said: “Given that the track is already due to be closed at Christmas, it is an ideal time to construct the footbridge.
“We have started an exciting stage of the construction process and I think people will be surprised at how quickly the station will rise. Within two months, it will be making an impression on the local skyline, with the size and shape of the building clear to see.”
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “This new station makes a bold statement about our aspirations for the town and will provide a fitting welcome for visitors.”
The new station will open next 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 sqm commercial development.