Plans to be shared for improvements to Junction 18 of A47/A15

Council / 08 Aug 2017

Plans to move forward with a £5.5million upgrade to improve Junction 18 of the A47/A15 for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are gathering pace with meetings for councillors and the public planned.

The project funding was agreed as part of the second phase of the city council’s 2017/18 budget and covers the junction which is at the roundabout separating Lincoln Road (Brotherhood Retail Park and Morrisons) and Bourges Boulevard (Boulevard Retail Park and Maskew Avenue Retail Park).

A public meeting taking place on Wednesday 9 August will share the thinking to date on the project. The meeting is open to all and will take place at Salvation Army Citadel, 1203 Bourges Boulevard (off Peppercorn Close) between 3pm and 7pm. 

The project will focus on removing the network of footbridges which is nearing the end of its life and improving the junction for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists by redesigning the roundabout to increase capacity for the future. 

The plans are for the bridge, known locally as Rhubarb Bridge, to be replaced with pedestrian ground-level crossings which will have benefits for disabled people and eliminate the need for an isolated subway at the centre of the roundabout.

The meetings provide the opportunity for councillors and the public - including residents, businesses, the bus service operators, taxi providers, Peterborough Disability Forum, Sustrans, RNIB, the Cycle Forum, schools and ward councillors - to give their views before final detailed plans are developed. 

Cabinet member responsible for growth, planning services, housing and economic development, Councillor Peter Hiller said: “Junction 18 is a key part of the Peterborough highways network that connects the A47 with the western A15 and we need to make improvements so that as our city flourishes, it can cope better with growing traffic to the area. The network of footbridges at this junction has also come to the end of its life and the structure needs to be removed.

“We know some residents have stated that they were keen to see a replacement network of bridges however this could cost up to £30 million and we don’t have that level of funding available. 

“Furthermore we believe the replacement scheme, focusing on ground-level crossing facilities, will help improve accessibility for all users.

“We look forward to consulting with user groups and the public on the final design - including removing the isolated subway in the centre of the roundabout - to ensure that the new-look junction works in the best way possible for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and people with disabilities.”