Plans for the St James Mill Road link in Northampton have taken a step forward after outline plans were submitted by contractor Kier WSP.
Final site investigations are under way which will lead to more detailed designs in due course and site clearance is set to commence in the coming months.
The news follows Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet support in January for KierWSP, Northamptonshire County Council’s approved highways contractor, to deliver the project.
Cllr Tim Hadland, Borough Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning, said: “We are making real progress on this vital transport link now we’ve managed to get past a number of issues over decommissioning of the rail line.
“We expect completion to be within the first half of 2019 and once the road opens it will be of enormous help to businesses within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone.
“It will also help cut congestion on Saints and Cobblers match days, allowing traffic to access the area and disperse via Towcester Road.”
The Borough Council has been in consultation with neighbouring businesses which will be most affected while the work takes place.