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Work due to begin to improve streets around Northampton’s new bus station

The new bus station on the old Fishmarket site.

The new bus station on the old Fishmarket site.

 

Work to improve the streets around Northampton’s new bus station will start next week.

On Monday, work is due to begin on a series of improvements in the Drapery, Bradshaw Street and Sheep Street.

Along the Drapery, new paving slabs will be laid, existing bus shelters will be removed to make way for larger ones with real-time displays and the road surface will be upgraded.

Bradshaw Street will become two-way with improvements to the junctions at both College Street and Sheep Street.

New traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing linking the bus station with the Market Square will also be installed at the junction of the Drapery, Bradshaw Street and Sheep Street.

Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Tim Hadland (Con, Old Duston) said: “The new bus station is really taking shape and you can already see how it will become the modern welcome to Northampton our town centre deserves.

“The old bus station is costly to maintain, far too big, too dark and has to be accessed by going up and down floors.

“The design of the new bus station will change all that as we welcome people to our town with a modern building where everything is on one floor and natural light will make it a much more pleasant environment.”

The bus station is expected to open in spring 2014.

 

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