WORK on the new Corby rail station will start next month after a £1.8m contract for the scheme was signed.
Kettering construction firm Mainline Contractors has beaten five competitors to win the contract for the infrastructure works.
The company, which will be on site by the middle of next month, will work in tandem with Network Rail, which will build the 3m station planned for Station Road, off Cottingham Road.
The Kettering firm will build a new road and the transport interchange which will include a bus area, drop-off and pick-up areas, a taxi rank and car park. It will also co-ordinate services and drainage.
The plan is to have trains running from Corby by December.
The first turf will be cut on Friday when all the parties involved in getting a rail service back in Corby will go to the site to celebrate.
Mainland Contractors civil engineering director Allan Rogers said: "As a local contractor we are delighted to be part of the successful delivery of Corby Station."
The scheme has been put together by groups including regeneration groups English Partnerships and North Northants Development Company, Corby Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Network Rail.
Corby MP Phil Hope, who has campaigned alongside the local branch of campaign group Railfuture for a station for a decade, said: "This is a major milestone in the development of a rail service for Corby."
North Northants Development Company chief executive Bob Lane said: "I am delighted we are one step closer to getting Corby's service up and running.
"The countdown to a December opening has begun."