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Residents and shoppers urged to use free park and ride this weekend

6 December 2010

The city council's park and ride service will be free this weekend (Saturday 11 December 2010 and Sunday 12 December 2010.)

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 planned.

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 from:

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' Court.

11 December 2010 from 12noon to 1pm:

  • 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 Bishop's Road.
  • 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:

  • Rivergate
  • 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 Sidings Lane
  • The subway between Bridge Street and Riverside car park.

For full details of the park and ride service, go to www.travelchoice.org.uk.