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River Nene Pedestrian Bridge consultation


Contact Information

Towns Fund


Consultation Started: 15 May 2023 - Consultation Ended: 05 Jun 2023

Resolved: At the end of the petition period

We are looking for your views on a pedestrian bridge which will link the Embankment with Fletton Quays.

The bridge will offer a non-vehicular alternative route across the river, away from the busy main road. It will create a good link from the south of the city to the new university campus and Embankment area.


  • To make it easier to walk and cycle into and around the city centre - boosting public health and air quality by reducing city centre traffic
  • To create a local landmark and point of interest on the river


A design has been costed and can be delivered for the funding available for this project.

Following Towns Fund approval of the business case, we have secured a total of £2million from the Government. The Government has ring-fenced this money and we can only spend it on this project.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has contributed £3.4million. The remainder comes from our own redevelopment budget.

Have your say

We would like your views on:

  • If you feel the project will be beneficial
  • The name of the bridge
  • If you would welcome an art project on the bridge
  • If you feel additional street furniture is needed (bin, bench etc)
  • General comments about the bridge and the project

The current estimated timeline would see construction start in mid-2024 and finish in mid-2025.

Bridge names

In the survey, you have the opportunity to vote for your preferred name for the bridge:

  • King Charles Bridge
  • Embankment Bridge
  • Charles Swift Bridge
  • Walter's Bridge
  • Cygnet Bridge

Our survey opened on Monday 15 May 2023 and ran until Monday 5 June 2023, 11.59pm.

You can request a copy of the survey in additional languages by emailing

Pop-up events

Visit us and find out more about the bridge at one of our pop-up events:

  • Saturday 20 May 2023 from 11am to 2pm at Nene Park Festival
  • Wednesday 24 May 2023 from 9am to 12noon outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street
  • Thursday 25 May 2023 from 5pm to 8pm outside the Town Hall, Bridge Street

Design images

Design image of a pedestrian footbridge over the River Nene