The city council's park and ride service will
be free this weekend (Saturday 11 December 2010 and Sunday 12
The council has decided to suspend charges to
encourage people to use the service that runs buses every 12
minutes from the Diligenta car park at Lynch Wood and the Perkins
car park in Eastern Industry into Queensgate bus station. The move
has been made to help reduce congestion in the city centre,
particularly on Saturday 11 December, when two protest marches are
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 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 .
Paul Phillipson, executive director of
operations for Peterborough City Council, said: "The city council
has a duty to facilitate peaceful protests, but we are also
committed to ensuring that we minimise disruption for those who
want to go about their business as usual.
“By making the park and ride service free this
weekend we hope it will encourage people to use this service to
park outside of the city and come in on the free buses to do their
shopping in the city.
"We are also holding a day of celebration in
the city centre on Sunday which will culminate in the One Community
One Voice Candlelit vigil on the green outside the Cathedral from
4.30pm to 5.15pm. We encourage people to come out and show their
support for local businesses, by doing their Christmas shopping and
enjoying the entertainment on this day."
The entrances to Bishop's Road Lido car park,
Riverside Key Theatre car park and Horse Fair Meadow Car Park near
the Peterborough United ground will close from 8pm on Friday and
may not open until 7am on Sunday 12 December 2010.
Temporary road closures will be in place
10 December 2010 at 8pm until 11
December 2010 at 5pm
- Lower Bridge Street, between its junction with Rivergate and
Bourges Boulevard close to Peterborough Magistrates'
11 December 2010 from 12noon to
- Bishop's Road will be closed between the Vineyard Road and
Bourges Boulevard junctions.
- St Peter's Road, at the back of the Town Hall.
- Rivergate southbound from the roundabout near the Crown Court
to London Road.
- Bourges Boulevard, east bound from the Queensgate roundabout to
- Priestgate, Wentworth Street, and Car Haven car park will also
be affected by these closures.
- The subway between Bridge Street and Riverside car park will be
closed while the protests are taking place.
11 December 2010 from 1pm to 2pm:
- Oundle Road (eastbound at its junction with London Road)
- London Road (northbound at its junction with Oundle Road)
- Cripple Sidings Lane
- East Station Road
- The subway between Pleasure Fair Meadow car park and Cripple
- The subway between Bridge Street and Riverside car
For full details of the park and ride service,
go to www.travelchoice.org.uk.