A public footbridge in Northampton will be closed for five months as developers go ahead with the first stages of a refurbishment to Weston Favell shopping centre.
Works will begin on the Standens Barn Bridge, which crosses Wellingborough Road outside the centre, towards the end of the month or early February.
The bridge will be closed to the public for five months from this time.
In the meantime, developers Redefine International will create a temporary road crossing for pedestrians.
They have assured customers that they will inform them of all closures in advance with signs and will provide full updates via the shopping centre’s website and social media.
The works are part of a £4 million investment into the centre to make improvements to its lower ground floor and exterior and will be rolled out in four phases.
Centre manager, Kevin Legg, said: “We have explored many ways in which to approach the repair and refurbishment works required to the Standens Barn Bridge.
“Realistically our only option is to close it temporarily whilst we undertake these essential works. We appreciate that this may be an inconvenience to shoppers who currently use this entrance to the centre, but the safety and wellbeing of our customers is paramount both during the works and going forward.
“We have taken measures and independently funded the creation of a further pedestrian crossing to aid our customers’ journey into the centre whilst works are ongoing and we thank our shoppers in advance for their patience and understanding.
“The refurbishment of the bridge is another step towards an exciting community hub for everyone to enjoy”.