Delays as more works to begin on Peterborough parkways

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Motorists to face delays as works to improve three parkways in Peterborough will begin over the coming months.

The first to get underway will be the resurfacing of the Longthorpe parkway, A1179. The overnight works are due to begin on Monday 16 May and will last for approximately six weeks.

Overnight resurfacing works will also take place on a stretch of the Nene parkway, A1260, between the Thorpe Wood roundabout (junction 15) and the Hampton roundabout (junction 3). Works will begin on Monday 13 June and last for seven weeks.

Works on both resurfacing schemes will only take place overnight (8pm to 6am) and lanes will be fully open during the day. There will be a daytime temporary speed limit of 40mph.

A major project to ease traffic congestion at junction 20 of the Paston parkway, where it meets the A47 Soke parkway, will also begin this summer. An exact start date will be announced in the coming weeks.

The number of lanes approaching and circulating the roundabout will be increased and full traffic light signalisation will be put in place.

The scheme is funded through a £5million award from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership.

Simon Machen, director of growth and regeneration at Peterborough City Council, said: “The roundabout suffers from congestion particularly during peak traffic periods and with further housing planned at the nearby Norwood and Paston Reserve development sites this congestion is projected to increase unless improvements are made.

“The funding awarded to the council means that we can make much needed capacity improvements at this important junction that provides interchange links to the A1, A47, A605, A15 and A16.”

Traffic restrictions will be kept to a minimum throughout the junction 20 roundabout works to limit disruption. It will, however, be necessary to install temporary lane closures and occasional weekend and night time closures in order for some construction activities to be completed.

Work on the Paston parkway is scheduled to end by winter 2016/17.