Speed limit cut proposal part of major Bourges Boulevard project

How the new-look Bourges Boulevard will appear.
How the new-look Bourges Boulevard will appear.
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Action is being taken to cut traffic speeds along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough road as part of a package of improvement measures.

Peterborough City Council has unveiled proposals to reduce the speed limit on the A15 Bourges Boulevard from its current 40mph limit to 30mph.

Consultation on the speed reduction plan has already started with Monday, 12 January set as the deadline for comments.

The move is part of a £4.5 million highway improvement plan that will involve turning the dual carriageway into a pedestrian and cyclist friendly tree-lined boulevard.

Work started on the improvements last summer and was put on hold over the Christmas period. The works are expected to be completed early this summer.

A council spokeswoman said: “The purpose is to reduce the speed of vehicles and improve safety for pedestrians using the new signalised crossing just north of Bright Street and Wentworth Street.”

The improvement scheme will also include the planting of about 30 London Plane trees, each 15 metres tall, along a widened central reservation of Bourges Boulevard, and the creation of two 10 metre-wide pedestrian crossings across the road between Crescent Bridge roundabout and Bright Street roundabout to improve access to the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists.

The works will also enable traffic from the station to turn right out of Station Road for the first time with traffic lights introduced at the junction.

It is expected that narrowing the road will add an average of nine seconds to the time it usually takes for motorists to travel that length of the carriageway.

The new look Bourges Boulevard will be a vital link between the city centre and the new Waitrose supermarket on the former Royal Mail site at Mayor’s Walk, off Bourges Boulevard.

The spokeswoman said: “The scheme is an integral part of the council’s continued support for development and growth of the area.”

Related:

Bourges Boulevard redevelopment to begin - and will take a year to finish, May 2014.

Ambitious plans to transform Peterborough city centre, November 2013.

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