Work will begin tomorrow to clear scaffolding from the road in Bridge Street, Northampton allowing two-way traffic once more.
Northampton Borough Council has been informed by the owners of the former Angel Hotel that the next stage of repair work is due to begin, allowing Bridge Street to reopen to traffic in February.
Scaffolding has been in place to protect the former Angel Hotel following a fire in 2012. The Grade II listed building was severely damaged by fire, and a significant amount of scaffolding and protective hoardings were needed to retain the historic building and allow emergency repair work to take place.
As the restoration of the building moves into a new phase the scaffolding will be scaled back to allow traffic to flow in both directions along Bridge Street. The work is expected to take a month, and will mean Northamptonshire County Council can remove the Traffic Order restricting two-way traffic.
Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Fram), leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “This is welcome news for local businesses and our town centre. I know that this has been a tough time for businesses in Bridge Street, when the scaffolding has reduced passing trade and made already difficult trading conditions even worse.
“Over the last two years we have kept in regular contact with the building’s owners to try and keep any disruption to a minimum. It is disappointing it has taken so long, but it is good news that progress is being made and Bridge Street will be getting back to normal soon.”