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Work on new footbridge completed

24 March 2023

Work on a new footbridge has been completed as part of a multi-million pound scheme to reduce congestion and offer improved walking and cycling routes. 

City councillors along with staff from Milestone Infrastructure gathered for a special ceremony yesterday (Thursday) to mark the completion of the replacement footbridge over the A1260 Nene Parkway in Longthorpe. The bridge will be opened to the public on Monday 27 March.

The new bridge is part of a £8.1million project centred around Junction 15 of the Nene Parkway, which has been funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. The bridge is wider than the previous structure and its ramps are less steep, making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

The structure has also helped facilitate a new third northbound lane between Junction 33 (Longthorpe Parkway) and Junction 15 (Thorpe Wood roundabout) of the Nene Parkway.

Councillor Marco Cereste, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning, Housing and Transport, said: “The new bridge looks fantastic, it’s certainly an upgrade on its predecessor and we’re confident cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy using it. I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work over the past year.

“The remaining highway works at Junction 15 are progressing well and due to be completed this spring, with carriageway resurfacing to take place shortly.

“We are fully committed to improving our highways network to help ensure we have the right infrastructure in place as our city continues to grow. This project will help reduce congestion at one of the worst pinch points in Peterborough, as well as improving provision for cycling and walking, tying in with our goal to reduce carbon emissions."

The other enhancements around Junction 15 include:

• Creation of a third lane northbound between Junction 33 (Longthorpe Parkway) and Junction 15 (Thorpe Wood roundabout) of the Nene Parkway.

• Creation of a three-lane circulatory on Junction 15 between the A1260 Nene Parkway approach and the Bretton Way exit.

Following completion of the Junction 15 works, the council will look to progress other highways improvements in Thorpe Wood, including creation of new crossings and enhanced cycling facilities, with the installation of kerb segregated cycle lanes.

Initial designs for the work are currently being developed, after the council received approval from Active Travel England and further government funding is also being sought. Updates on this scheme will be announced in due course.