BUDGET: £5.5m road works proposed for A15/A47 junction with Rhubarb Bridge demolished

Rhubarb Bridge
Rhubarb Bridge

Works to demolish Rhubarb Bridge and increase road capacity at Junction 18 of the A47/A15 are included in the latest Peterborough City Council budget proposals.

The budget report states that the bridge will be removed with improvements made to the junction to “increase capacity and make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.”

If approved by councillors in March, £2.5 million of capital investment would be allocated for 2017/18 and a further £3 million in 2018/19 for the project.

The junction is at the roundabout separating Morrison’s in Lincoln Road and Bourges Boulevard. It also leads onto the Soke Parkway.

Improvement works are also being pencilled in for Broadway, Midgate and Northminster as part of the council’s freshening up of the city centre.

This follows the completion of works in Cathedral Square, St John’s Square, Cowgate, Bridge Street and Long Causeway, while works are currently ongoing in

Lower Bridge Street.

There are also proposals to spent £1.5 million over five years to continue resurfacing the parkways.

The entire costs of the three capital schemes would be £10.5 million over four years. This would see the council pay borrowing costs of £84,000 in 2017/18, rising to £713,000 in 2021/22.

The proposals were announced in the second and final phase of budget proposals which will bridge the council’s £28 million deficit following large government cuts.

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