Demolition of Northampton’s ‘Mouth Of Hell’ bus station to begin over Easter Weekend

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Work to demolish ‘the Mouth of Hell’ will begin next month, following the opening of Northampton’s new bus station this weekend.

Previously labelled one of the top three worst architectural eyesores in Britain by the Channel 4 programme, Demolition, the access bridge and offices above Greyfriars bus station will be demolished during the Easter Weekend of April 18 to 20.

Lady’s Lane will be closed during this period and diversions will be in place.

Councillor David Mackintosh, the leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “North Gate bus station will be open and fully operational on Sunday when bus users will arrive in a bright, clean and modern building that is a few steps from the Market Square, Abington Street, Market Walk and the Grosvenor Centre.

“I want shoppers and visitors to feel welcomed to Northampton, not embarrassed by the first impression we offer.”

Greyfriars costs taxpayers £500,000 ever year to maintain. An independent report showed Greyfriars would cost almost £30 million to bring up to standard.

The old bus station land will allow for more redevelopment projects to take place, once demolition is complete.

Full details of the road closure over Easter weekend will be announced at a later date.