The UK Department of Transport has approved a £10m grant for the redevelopment of Northampton Castle Railway Station as part of a regeneration project in Northampton, UK.
The remaining funding for the £20m project will be contributed by Network Rail and Northamptonshire County Council.
Redevelopment of the station, which includes construction of a new station building, a multi-storey car park, new footbridge and platform canopies, as well as revised highway access, is the first phase of the regeneration project.
Northamptonshire County Councillor Jim Harker said: "The redevelopment of Castle Station is a key element in the regeneration of Northampton and in bringing prosperity to the county as a whole."
A two-storey glass and steel building designed by architecture firm BDP will replace the existing station building in Black Lion Hill.
Network Rail route enhancement manager Gary Tordoff said: "The improvements proposed for Northampton station will help drive and support continued economic growth in the area."
Upon completion, the new station, located within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, will be twice the size of the existing station.
Later phases of the scheme, which are still subject to a separate planning application, include a 20,000m² commercial development on land surrounding the station.
The project will improve capacity at the station and provide better facilities for passengers.
Outline plans for the new station building were approved in October 2011 and construction is expected to commence by the end of 2012.
Caption: The new station will be located in Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, and will double the size of the existing station. Image: West Northamptonshire Development Corporation.