This involves some disruptive road works at the building site, and the closure of the bus lane and bus stops.
The council has been diverting utility infrastructure, and as part of this work, drainage now needs to be relocated. To allow this to happen, traffic will be restricted on Black Lion Hill to one lane in each direction from the evening of Sunday 7 July. A contra-flow traffic system will then be introduced from Wednesday 10 July.
On Monday 22 July, work will start on removing junction signals and creating the new road layout, which will mean a complete closure of the bus gate and bus stops outside the old train station entrance. Nearby, temporary bus stops will be provided.
For a brief period Northampton Transport ran a half hourly service 21 to the station yard ...
Meanwhile Stagecoach has made massive changes.
Disruption - Northampton Rail Station
Routes 3, 5, 9/9A, 12, 22/22A, 50/50A & 96, D1/D2/D3
From the 22nd July most buses coming into Northampton town centre from the West will need to be diverted to avoid roadworks at Northampton Railway Station and in order to maintain service reliability for our passengers. This page will give you details on how your bus route will be altered in order to provide you with a reliable service.
Most routes are simply (and inconveniently) diverted away from the station area completely.
Locals will choose to alight from diverted buses on Spencer Bridge Road ...
In times past buses might well have been diverted via St James Park Road but that possibility is now unavailable at there is no vehicle access at St James Road (bottom of aerial map, above). So Shanks's Pony is the only viable option.
A more enlightened solution would have been to divert everything via Spencer Bridge Road, make no changes to timetables and then provide a minibus shuttle from bus station via Grafton Street, St Andrews Road, Station Car Park and return, free to holders of tickets for diverted buses. Or, even better, free to all passengers.