Northamptonshire town high street upgrade begins
Work has started on the first phase of a £1.5m upgrade to the main street in a Northamptonshire town.
Rushden's high street will be closed to traffic for 10 weeks except for access for delivery vehicles.
Improvements are being made to the gateway entrance to the southern end of the street, towards the church.
Government funding of £700,000 has been granted to East Northamptonshire Council, which will make available £785,000 from its reserves.
Council leader Steven North said: "If we want to attract more people back into the town we have got to make the high street a more attractive place to shop, visit and set up a business.
"This work is the first step along that road.
"And at a time when resources are under strain, the council has pledged a substantial amount from its reserves to support the project and back up our belief in the long-term future of the town.
"There will be some disruption during the work but the end result, an improved high street, will be worth it."