Work has started on a major new housing development for Wellingborough.
Following the official launch of the scheme in March, construction work at Stanton Cross is now under way as preparation work for the extension of Midland Road past Wellingborough Station and across the railway and River Ise begins.
Contractors are continuing work on a major Japanese knotweed eradication programme, and this saw the footway from Mill Road to the station closed from midnight on June 9.
But anyone wanting to access the station can continue to use the Midland Road entrance.
Anyone using Wellingborough Station should be aware that from June 25 the Northern car park will also close to enable works.
Commuters will be able to continue to use both the Western car parks and the Southern car park where there is adequate provision for car parking.
Head of stations for East Midlands Trains Andy Moore said: “We are pleased to be playing our part in the multi-million pound development at Stanton Cross, which will deliver major improvements for customers using Wellingborough station.
“We will continue to work closely with all our partners to ensure our passengers are kept informed as this exciting development progresses.”
John Lougher of Bovis Homes said: “The first phase of works will provide access to the Stanton Cross site via a new bridge over the railway.
“This will set the course for the delivery of new homes in mid-2016.
“Residents can keep up to date on the work programme by visiting www.stantoncross.co.uk.”
Steve Hughes, Network Rail area director, said: “We are very pleased to play a key part in this exciting development.
“Once complete Stanton Cross will be home to a new community living next to a world class railway offering easy access to London and the north.”
Cllr Paul Bell, leader of Wellingborough Council, said: “I’m delighted that work’s starting and that residents will see this development finally begin.
“It’s been a long time coming.
“We’ve always said that Stanton Cross was about infrastructure first, and this road and bridge will open up the whole site.
“It’s a very exciting time for Wellingborough.”
Stanton Cross is a major residential-led development set to deliver 3,200 homes, 7,500 new jobs, an enhanced station, a country park, schools, a doctor’s surgery and shopping facilities for Wellingborough.
The development will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s.