Peterborough residents and road users can now give their opinion on Combined Authority-funded plans to improve two major Peterborough city chokepoints, freeing up access for cyclists and pedestrians, and easing traffic jams and delays.
Headed by Mayor James Palmer, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, has given Peterborough City Council funding to prepare a Full Transport Business Case and Detailed Design work for improvements at the following junctions:
· Junction 15 (A1260 Nene Parkway / A47 Soke Parkway)
· Junction 3 (A1260 Nene Parkway / A1139 Fletton Parkway)
These junctions currently suffer from congestion, especially at peak times and the proposed enhancements will cut fumy traffic jams and speed up journey times, benefiting residents, businesses, visitors, and the whole local economy.
Both projects include adding lanes to ease congestion and free up safe space for cyclists and pedestrians, with new crossings and cycleways planned. Plans also include work to enhance the natural environment at both sites.
The schemes are planned to be built between 2021 and 2022, subject to the mayoral Combined Authority for approving a funding decision to proceed to construction.
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough:
“The Combined Authority is about delivery, about getting things moving and creating the right environment for good growth. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to fund this scheme, which demonstrates our commitment to bringing the region’s whole transport infrastructure up to scratch, attracting new business and new jobs.
“I want to see these projects move forward so everyone benefits from the improved junctions. This work will help the Combined Authority put in plans for longer term improvements across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”
Both A1260 projects will be staggered, constructed separately to minimise disruption to traffic.
Further detailed information about each scheme is available at https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-streets/major-road-schemes#junction—and-junction—-highway-improvement-schemes-consultation-3-0
Peterborough City Council is now seeking public views on the plans as part of a six week statutory consultation.
To have your say, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments or suggestions. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday 4 December.
Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “We are committed to working with our partners to enhance the city’s transport infrastructure. Our Parkways are a great asset to our city but were designed for traffic levels nearly 50 years ago. We need to ensure they are up to not just today’s volumes but also future-proof for Peterborough’s growth agenda.
“As with any major project, we value the opinion of our residents and would invite everyone to have their say on these plans. That way we can work with the Combined Authority to develop the project as comprehensively as possible and we will of course keep people updated on progress with the schemes.”