Peterborough City Council Begins Tackling Congestion in the City

Peterborough City Council has announced the beginning of a new, £8.1m scheme to address the city’s congested roads.

Work commenced on the A1260 (Nene Parkway) on 23 May, with the following improvements set to be completed by next spring:

  • The addition of a third lane between junction 33 and 15
  • The addition of a three-lane circulatory on junction 15
  • A new pedestrian footbridge

The Council says that ‘at least two lanes’ will remain open during the year-long project, although a 40 mph limit will be enforced until the work is completed in 2023.

Some road closures are to be expected though they have been planned to occur in the later stages of the project.

This project is part of a wider package of improvements focusing on junction 15 of the Nene Parkway. Other improvements on the agenda include:

  • New pedestrian crossings at Thorpe Wood
  • Improved cycling provisions at Thorpe Wood, including kerbed, segregated cycle lanes

Cllr Peter Hiller, cabinet member for strategic planning and commercial strategy and investments at Peterborough City Council, said: “The works at junction 15 will help reduce congestion at one of the worst pinch points in Peterborough, while also improving provision for cycling and walking.

“I understand there will be frustration at times when there are no workers on site and speed restrictions remain in place, but this is for public safety due to the narrower lanes and incomplete safety barrier.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience and the combined authority for funding this important scheme.”

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