Plans Approved for £6m of Improvements in Peterborough

Peterborough’s Towns Fund Board has approved a proposal to submit plans for three more major projects to the Government.

It’s hoped that the trio of planned works will receive funding totalling £6m from the Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

Provided they and the City Council give the green light, the funding will be made available and the projects will become a reality.

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The plans

The proposals include three major projects:

  • A new pedestrian bridge over the River Nene, costing £2m. This would be placed in between the Embankment and the new Fletton Quays development, creating a convenient link to the new university campus.
  • Improved connections from the train station to the city centre to make it easier for visitors to get around and access all that the centre has to offer. The plans involve the construction of improved accessible pathways, which would cost £1.5m in total, and form one small part of a wider plan to revamp the area surrounding the station.
  • A series of developments to Lincoln Road, totalling £2.5m. The proposals include resurfaced footpaths, bins, bicycle parking, benches, shrubs or trees and a community art trail.

Public consultations are set to take place for each of the three projects, with the first two scheduled for summer and the latter due to be held in the autumn.

Matthew Bradbury, independent chair of the Peterborough Towns Fund, said: “This is our second round of Towns Fund projects which will be going to Government and could signal the start of some large-scale and exciting projects in the city.

“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to create these business cases and we’ve been in close discussions with DLUHC while doing this. The final decision should be given by Government in the autumn.”

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “The projects detailed in this scheme will make our city easier to walk and cycle around and will improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

“The pedestrian bridge will be an iconic landmark for our city. The Lincoln Road scheme will be a much-needed improvement to this area of our city. The Station Quarter development will help create a more attractive and easier route to the city centre.

“All projects will enhance our city and complement the other developments that we have ongoing. This is only good news for Peterborough.”