Major road and rail schemes

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:

A15/A47 Junction 18 - Rhubarb Bridge

The project to increase capacity of the junction and refurbish the bridge over the A47/A15 roundabout & junction, known locally as Rhubarb Bridge, started during January 2019 and will run until Winter 2019.

Find out more on the A15/A47 Junction 18 - Rhubarb Bridge project page

Work to improve safety for pedestrians in Fletton and Stanground

Improvement work is being carried out at the junction of South Street and Fletton High Street, and two mini roundabouts on Whittlesey Road in Stanground.

The improvements include:

  • New kerbing
  • Widening of the footways to create a shared cycle and pedestrian route
  • New crossing points on all four roads approaching the roundabout to improve pedestrian safety
  • Full resurfacing of the carriageways and cycleway

There will be no disruption to bus routes during phase 1, although journey times may take longer than usual. There may be changes to bus routes during phases 2 and 3, check service updates on the Stagecoach website for further information.

As part of the council’s Safer Journeys to School project, work to widen footpaths between Fletton Cemetery and South Street started on 12 August.

Two new zebra crossings will also be installed in Fletton High Street and South Street along with other localised highway improvements.

The new wider footpaths and crossings will help improve safety for pedestrians in the area, particularly school children, who need to cross Whittlesey Road near a busy double roundabout.

The work will be carried out in three phases outlined below and is expected to last for ten weeks.

 Phase 1

Road closure on Whittlesey Road north and south bound –. Planned duration four weeks, two days.

During phase 1 a diversion will be in place down The Glen for southbound traffic and Fletton Avenue for northbound traffic. This will ease the pressure and potential problems associated with opposing traffic flows. 

This route will still allow buses to continue to make pick up /drop offs at the Fletton Ave bus stops.

 Phase 2

Road closure in Fletton High Street and South Street Planned duration four weeks, two days.

 Phase 3

Closure of Whittlesey Road (north of the roundabout) and Fletton High Street for resurfacing works. Phase 3b: Closure of Whittlesey Road (south of the roundabout) and South Street for resurfacing works.

Both roads will be fully closed for this work, however this is planned to take place during off-peak daytime hours (9.30am - 3.30pm). Alternative routes will be signposted. Planned duration six days.

Map showing diversion routes

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.

For further details or to gain a better understanding of this proposed scheme please visit the Network Rail website. Detailed plans can be also be found on the Network Rail website.

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