LOOKING BACK: Parkway dreams which built Peterborough’s road to success

The parkways in their early stages of development
The parkways in their early stages of development
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In 1968 government officials in Westminster made a decision that would change the face of the city forever. That decision was to make Peterborough into a ‘New Town’.

So great was the transformation and its impact on people at the time, a musical play has been written about it.

The parkways in their early stages of development

The parkways in their early stages of development

Parkway Dreams debuted in 2013, to great critical acclaim and returns to the Key Theatre on October 6 and 7.

The unique documentary musical play directed by Eastern Angles founder, Ivan Cutting, explores what life was like at the time.

To coincide with the play’s opening, we delved into the picture archives of the Peterborough Telegraph and found a few gems that show many of the city’s parkways under construction.

Before they were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the A47 and the A15 ran straight through the middle of the town, past the town hall, crossing at what is now Westgate and Long Causeway.

The parkways in their early stages of development

The parkways in their early stages of development

On one of the pictures a bridge is being constructed, could this be the bridge over the river at Orton Mere? Can you help us readers? Do you recognise any of the other parkways in the pictures? Do you remember the impact their building had?

City mayor John Peach said: “I do remember them being built. We were designated as one of these New Towns to get people out of London really.

“What some people may not realise is that some of the stone to build the parkways was taken out of what is now the lake at Ferry Meadows.”

Parkway Dreams is on at 7.30pm on Tuesday and 11am and 7.30pm on Wednesday.

The parkways in their early stages of development

The parkways in their early stages of development