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Plans for active travel schemes to be progressed

19 May 2023

Plans to create new cycling routes in Peterborough aimed at encouraging active travel are to be progressed following a successful funding bid.

Earlier this year Peterborough City Council in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority applied for funding as part of the government’s Active Travel Fund 4 initiative.

The bid, for just under £3 million, centred on plans for four projects aimed at encouraging cycling, wheeling and walking by creating new and/or improved infrastructure.

The bid has now been approved and a as result, the following four projects can now be progressed:

· Improved cycling infrastructure and junction upgrades on Oundle Road between Ham Lane and Lynchwood (£400K)

· Improved cycling infrastructure and junction upgradesalong Thorpe Road between Thorpe Meadows and Midland Road linking in with the proposed new rail station entrance (£300K)

· Walking and cycling improvements along Bourges Boulevard / Lincoln Road between the city centre and Werrington (£286K)

· A new segregated cycling route including junction treatment and new road crossings In Thorpe Wood (Thorpe Wood Cycleway Phase 3) (£2M)

Funding for the first three schemes is for design only, whilst the £2m for Thorpe Wood is extra funding (which takes the total budget to £3m) to complete the scheme’s design and then construction.

The Thorpe Wood scheme will start at the bottom of the recently-installed pedestrian bridge over the Nene Parkway, offering improved pedestrian and cycle connections into Ferry Meadows, the business park, the police station, and better connections between Longthorpe and Bretton.

Councillor Marco Cereste, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning, Housing and Transport, said: “I’m delighted that our joint bid has been successful and we can now look forward to these schemes being progressed. Each one will enhance our overall transport network and encourage more people to get cycling, walking and wheeling.

“We are fully committed to improving our transport network to help ensure we have the right infrastructure in place as our city continues to grow. Improving provision for cycling and walking also ties in with our key aim of reducing carbon emissions."

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said: “Our joint commitment to safer and greener travel for all road users is recognised in this award and I can’t wait for the people of Peterborough to enjoy the benefits of healthier and often more enjoyable transport options.

"Investment in active travel acts as a catalyst for real change and this will allow the city greater flex to achieve its ambitions for good and sustainable growth.”