Greyfriars is set to close to over Easter weekend as the first major demolition work commences at Northampton’s former bus station.
On Sunday the two vehicle bridges across the road will be removed as engineers continue to take down the building once named ‘the mouth of Hell’.
It will be the first external part of the 1976 building to be demolished, though works have been taking place inside the structure throughout the past year.
Greyfriars will be closed from Wellington Street from 8pm on Saturday April 19, with the road set to reopen at 6am on the Monday bank holiday, April 21.
Leader of Northampton Borough Council Councillor David Mackintosh, (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “A month ago we opened North Gate Bus Station, bringing bus users into a modern facility in the heart of our town centre.
“With Greyfriars closed we have had specialists on-site to complete a detailed survey of the building ahead of demolition work.
“A key concern for us in this complex demolition project is to keep the town centre moving and avoid any unnecessary disruption, so we are timing this phase of the project over Easter Sunday.
“As the demolition work progresses we will finally see the end of a building that has cost people in Northampton £500,000 a year to keep running as we open up the north of the town centre for investment and redevelopment.”
The council says information is being delivered to all town centre businesses about the road closures, and a letter is being sent to town centre residents who may be affected.