Bus passengers are being urged to plan their
journeys on Saturday 11 December 2010 as some routes are being
diverted from 12noon because of temporary road closures.
The English Defence League (EDL) intends to
start its march at 1pm close to Peterborough United's London Road
ground and proceed over Town Bridge, past Bridge Street Police
Station and then congregate on Lower Bridge Street, opposite
Peterborough Magistrates’ Court. London Road and Town Bridge will
be closed to traffic while the protest takes place.
Peterborough Trades Union Council (TUC) will
start its march at 12noon at Bishop's Road car park, proceed along
Rivergate and congregate at the Key Theatre car park. Rivergate,
Bishop's Road and the eastbound carriageway of Bourges Boulevard,
from Queensgate to Rivergate, will be closed to traffic while the
protest takes place.
Several bus routes are also being diverted
because of the temporary road closures and the bus stops near the
Rivergate Centre and next to the former Woolworths store will be
out of operation from 12noon while the protests take place. Notices
are being displayed this week in affected buses and bus stops to
let passengers know how the route will be affected .
The routes that are affected are:
Citi 1 - will be diverted via Thorpe Road,
Longthorpe Parkway, Nene Parkway, Oundle Road and then into
Shrewsbury Avenue back on normal route. The stops not served will
be Woolworths, Rivergate, and those along Oundle Road before
Citi 3 - will be diverted via Midgate, New
Road, Boongate, Frank Perkins Parkway, Whittlesey Road and then
onto South Street back onto the normal route. The stops not served
will be Woolworths, Rivergate, London Road and Fletton Avenue.
Citi 4 - will be diverted via Padholme Road
and Eastfield Road. The stops not served will be Woolworths,
Rivergate, Bishops Road and Star Road.
Citi 6 and 7 - diversion as Citi 1 but will
continue along Oundle Road and then into New Road to London Road
and then back to normal service. The stops not served will be
Woolworths, Rivergate and London Road to Park Street.
31/32/33 - diversion via Frank Perkins
Parkway, Boongate and then Midgate. The stops not served will be
those along Fletton Avenue.
Local Link 407 and Judds 701 - diversion via
Oundle Road, Nene Parkway, Longthorpe Parkway and then Thorpe Road.
The only stops not served will be Woolworths and Rivergate.
Paul Phillipson, Peterborough City Council's
executive director of operations, said: "We have been working with
the police to keep disrpution to a minimum in the city on Saturday.
However some temporary road closures are necessary and this means
that some of our bus routes will be diverted while the closures are
"Posters will be displayed on the buses and
the bus stops affected and there will also be posters displayed in
Queensgate bus station to inform passengers of the changes. We
apologise for any inconvenience caused and will re-open the roads
as soon as we can."
Buses will return to normal as soon as
possible. For more details call the city council's passenger
transport team on (01733) 747474. For the latest news on the
protests visit www.cambs.police.uk or follow the link on the
homepage of the council's website www.peterborough.gov.uk. People
can also receive the latest updates via Twitter by following
@SuptPaul. On the day of the protest people can also get text
message updates in the city centre by activating the Bluetooth
device on their mobile phone.