To accommodate the growth of Peterborough it is important to continue to invest in improvements to our road and other transport networks.
These are the main projects planned and underway around the city.
Werrington Freight Loop Rail Improvements
Funding from the Government is being used to improve capacity and reduce journey times on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The proposal includes the construction of a rail line between the Stamford lines (to the West of the ECML) and the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) rail lines (to the East of the ECML) to remove the conflict created when freight trains and occasional passenger services trains pass over the high speed East Coast lines. A new two-track railway line under the ECML at Werrington junction will be created to enable high-speed trains to pass over the GNGE Line. To the North of the Cock Lane footbridge, the Stamford Lines will be widened to the west to create four tracks, of which the central two tracks would dive into a new underpass (below the ECML) and rise to meet the GNGE line approximately 600m after Lincoln Road.
New junction (Bourges Boulevard)
A new junction is going to be built in Peterborough city centre in order to improve access to the Network Rail car park near Peterborough railway station.
Construction will begin on 5 February creating ramped access to the car park, a right turn lane and a pedestrian crossing. New car parking spaces and a footpath and verge will also be constructed as part of the project. The work is expected to take 23 weeks to complete. Motorists are to expect disruption during this time.
The project is part of the council's Bourges Boulevard Phase 2 Improvement Scheme and is being funded by the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough LEP.
Junction 18 A47/A15 (Rhubarb Bridge)
Plans are moving forward to improve Junction 18 of the A47/A15 (at the roundabout separating Lincoln Road (Brotherhood Retail Park and Morrisons) and Bourges Boulevard (Boulevard Retail Park and Maskew Avenue Retail Park) for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The existing bridges have been repaired for a number of years however the deterioration of the structures has now reached a point where repairs are becoming increasingly more difficult and uneconomical. The plans involve removing the existing bridges (Rhubarb Bridge), and installing ground level pedestrian crossings.
The crossings would be required during these works even if the bridges were being replaced as the alternative pedestrian and cycling diversions would be too long and could result in people crossing at the junction in an unsafe manner.
In addition to the poor condition of the structure there are also a number of anti social behaviour issues within the subway area of the bridge. To address this issue the scheme plans to fill the subway and install a number of CCTV cameras.
The condition of the bridges has been the primary driver for the scheme however, as well as removing the footbridge, the project has been designed to increase capacity and improve current and future traffic flow at this junction.
The two clips below show the simulated traffic flows for the existing layout and the future (scheme implemented) layout side by side so that a direct comparison can be made. In the interests of consistency the 2016 flows have been used for both layouts so that the affects of the scheme can be observed.