Problems for Posh fans with more disruption at Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough

Road congestion along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough city centre. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph
Road congestion along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough city centre. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph
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Motorists will face more Bourges Boulevard disruption with overnight closures for two weeks.

Posh fans in particular could face difficulty getting home after their evening match on Tuesday, April 14 against Crewe with closures all the way down the road.

The incorrect sign at Bourges Boulevard which is to be changed. EMN-150804-170147009

The incorrect sign at Bourges Boulevard which is to be changed. EMN-150804-170147009

The road between the Queensgate and Mayor’s Walk roundabouts will be completely shut northbound between 9pm-6am on Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14 (going into Wednesday morning).

Once that re-opens, the road going southbound will then be completely shut between 9pm-6am from the Wednesday until Friday, April 17 (going into Saturday morning).

An incorrect sign on Bourges Boulevard had stated the road would be shut from 8pm-5am.

Information on the road closures has also changed with the council originally claiming that the northbound road would be shut for one day and the southbound for four days.

Instead, the nortbound road is shut for two days and the soundbound for three days.

The closures are required to install ducts for electricity supply under the carriageway which will be fed to traffic lights and CCTV cameras.

At the same time as those works are going on, there will be single lane closures both north and southbound between the Queensgate roundabout and the Bishop’s Road roundabout on Bourges Boulevard.

One lane will be shut in both directions from 9pm until 5am from Monday, April 13 until Thursday, April 16 (going into Friday morning).

The following week, the other lane in the road will then be shut in both directions between Monday and Thursday.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “The single lane closures on Bourges Boulevard between Queensgate and the courts will allow us to carry out some initial exploratory works as part of our assessment of the city centre road network. This will inform the design of any future works.”

The spokesman added that the works between Queensgate and Bishop’s Road had been planned and that external funding had been received.

When asked why the single lane closures could not wait until the main works on Bourges Boulevard had finished, the council spokesman added: “Given that these works are taking place overnight and this section of the road will remain open we are happy to continue with these planned works.”

For Posh fans, the closures mean motorists going on Bourges Boulevard after their match against Crewe will have only one lane to drive on going towards Queensgate and will be unable to travel towards Mayor’s Walk once they reach the Queensgate roundabout.

A spokesman for Posh said there was no frustration that the works were going ahead on a match night and that the council had pre-warned the club they were going ahead.

The spokesman added: “We just advise supporters to allow extra time for their journey and make alternative routes home should they require that particular stretch of road.”

Works on Bourges Boulevard began on May 27 last year and were expected to last 45 weeks. However, it was revealed in February the works could go on well into July because a huge water pipe has to be moved to allow trees to be planted along the central reservation.

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