Peterborough is one of the country’s fastest growing cities, with more than 200,000 people. It is a major rail junction on the East Coast Main Line, between London and northern England. It is also known for its parkways – dual carriageways which offer good road capacity around the city.
The city’s Local Plan proposes 19,440 new homes from 2016 to 2036, with growth focused within the city as well as at Hampton, Stanground South, Paston Reserve, Gateway Peterborough, Norwood, Great Haddon and at the East of England Showground.
A new university, ARU Peterborough, is also being developed over the next decade and opening in 2022. It is planned to host around 12,500 students when fully developed.
Key transport challenges
Capacity for growth
Transport must keep up with the planned housing and jobs growth of the city. Public transport and cycling and walking options need to improve to prevent increased congestion, pollution and environmental impacts.
The Queensgate Bus Station needs modernisation, and it can be difficult for people to find their way across the busy A15 to the rail station. There is also no depot with space to host electric buses and charging infrastructure.
While Peterborough’s road network has supported growth over the decades, further growth means more investment is needed. Further planned housing growth means that certain junctions and routes will become very congested without upgrades to improve road capacity.
While the city has a regular bus service, it isn’t yet regular enough to make it more attractive than using the car. There have been some cuts to evening and weekend services. There is also no demand-responsive Uber style services to more remote communities.
Cycling and walking
While there is a large network of cycling and walking lanes and paths, some journeys are made more difficult because of the Parkway road network cutting across routes. On cycle routes, cyclists sometimes do not have priority over traffic, and some routes could be made safer. This reduces the potential amount of active journeys in Peterborough.
How the draft LTCP aims to make transport in Peterborough better
The proposed improvements to transport in Peterborough are shown here:
The approach to better transport in Peterborough is summarised below. You can view the full strategy for Peterborough here.
City Centre Transport Vision
This aims to transform transport in the city centre by prioritising public transport and cycling and walking. It will help cut congestion, improve the environment and sustainably support planned growth.
Cycling and walking plan
The draft LTCP includes a Peterborough Local Cycling and Walking Plan which will invest in infrastructure to encourage more active journeys across 15 key routes. The Thorpe Wood cycleway, for example, will link Thorpe Wood Business Park and create a more attractive route into Ferry Meadows Country Park. Improvements to the 450km of on and off-road cycle routes will help reduce car use, improve public health and the environment. School Streets – a scheme to get more people to cycle or walk to school – has started in the city and is part of draft LTCP strategy.
Cutting traffic hotspots
Improvements to Peterborough’s road network to reduce congestion, support growth and free up space for cycling and walking are part of the draft LTCP. Specific upgrades include Junction 3 and 3a of the A1139 Fletton Parkway, Junction 21 of the A15 Paston Parkway and an upgrade to the road network around the new university off Bishop’s Road.
As part of the Combined Authority’s work to change how buses are run to work better for people, the draft LTCP plans to increase services and reliability around the city. This will aim to make buses a better option than the car, to reduce congestion, improve the environment and support growth. Bus services to new developments as residents move in, will also be important. Improvements to the Queensgate bus station and a new depot housing electric buses are also part of the draft LTCP.
The busy Peterborough station is expected to see a 3 per cent growth in passengers over the next decade. The draft LTCP aims to put a new access into the station for passengers, linked to development on land to the west of the station. Walking and cycling improvements will be developed as part of these plans, including the option of a separate cycle lane along Thorpe Road to serve the new western entrance of the rail station.
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