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Discovering a warmer welcome to Northampton

Posted: 15/11/12 by Northampton Borough Council

Town centre businesses are being invited to find out more about the new bus interchange ahead of construction work starting in the next few weeks as another Northampton Alive project takes shape.

Later this month, work will start on creating a modern bus interchange. Over the next 12 months the former indoor market will be demolished and a new bus interchange will be built to bring passengers into the heart of Northampton town centre.

Ahead of work starting, all neighbouring businesses and members of the public are being invited to meet with the project team from Kier Construction, Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council to talk about the construction process. This will be an opportunity for businesses to find out what will be happening and discuss how things could be done to minimise any disruption.

Local businesses will get the chance to see how the site will work, what will happen to the traffic flows and what options are available for making things as easy as possible for them and their customers.

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “In little over a year, visitors to our town centre will no longer be greeted by Kevin McLeod’s ‘mouth of Hell’. Bus users will be able to travel into the heart of our town centre and enjoy a bright, safe and clean welcome to Northampton.

“After years of talk, it is great that we will soon be starting work on this £8 million Northampton Alive project. But before any demolition or construction work starts, I want to meet with neighbouring businesses to talk to them about what we can do to help them. There will be a lot of opportunities springing up from being located near the new bus interchange, but in the meantime I want to make sure there is minimal disruption.”

Ian Cheung, managing director of Rushden-based Kier Construction, commented: “We are very much looking forward to working with the excellent team at Northampton Borough Council on the important Bus Interchange development. As a local company, we are keen to support the Council with their plans to improve the infrastructure and facilities within the area.”

The event is being held in the Great Hall at the Guildhall, and all neighbouring business owners are invited to drop-in anytime between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday 20 November.

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