Work to reopen part of Abington Street to traffic will start in April, Northampton Borough Council has announced.
The authority revealed the plans last month, which will see the section between St Giles Terrace and Wellington Street opened to vehicles, to increase visitor numbers to that part of the town centre.
The road will re-open for one-way traffic, travelling in the direction of Wellington Street, and the new layout will include some parking and loading and dropping-off bays.
Council leader, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm), said: “Over the last few months we have been talking to people about opening up the middle section of Abington Street, to make sure it provides everything they want to see.
“It will offer extra parking and the ability for traffic to flow around that area.
“We are pleased to say work will now start in April, with a view to opening it up by next summer.
“I think it is exciting to get more access to that part of the town centre.
“I think people do want to see it, because it is helpful to get the traffic flowing in that part of the town centre.
“I think it will help bring that part of Abington Street back to life.”