Conflicting opinion on Bourges traffic

Bourges Boulevard now open EMN-150721-221210009
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Traffic appears to be flowing well at Bourges Boulevard in the first week since works finished, but not as well as it used to according to residents.

In a poll on the Peterborough Telegraph website, readers were asked whether traffic flow on Bourges Boulevard has improved since the roadworks finished.

And in a resounding judgement, 170 said no compared to 40 who said yes.

However, Peterborough City Council said it was pleased with how the traffic was moving on the newly developed road which it hopes will make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to travel into and out of the city centre.

A council spokesman said: “We have been monitoring the traffic flow on the section of Bourges Boulevard this week and it appears to be moving well and as expected.

“Traffic monitoring will continue over the coming weeks and some minor adjustments may be needed in September when the school holidays are over.”

The £4.5 million scheme was meant to finish in May, 12 months after works began.

Nigel Brigham, regional director in the East of England for sustrainable transport charity Sustrans, said: “The new Boulevard provides a much more attractive environment than the previous design and has proved beneficial to walkers and cyclists, which is fitting given the high quality environment in much of the city centre.

“It’s no surprise to us about the increased amount of people using the new crossings by Waitrose and by the station as there is clearly an appetite for better walking and cycling links into the city centre.”

Mr Brigham added that he hopes proposed changes to North Westgate will not “undermine the good work that has been done improving Bourges Boulevard”.