Work to install art in Long Causeway to begin

Repairs taking place at Long Causeway EMN-140527-165908009

Repairs taking place at Long Causeway EMN-140527-165908009

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Work to complete the improvements to Long Causeway in Peterborough city centre will resume on Monday (September 7).

All major works have been completed but minor works to install new public art on the square will now take place following a break to allow for the busier footfall of the summer holiday period.

The £2million Long Causeway scheme is the latest phase of Peterborough City Council’s public realm works to transform the city centre to attract new shops, businesses and visitors.

The project has included creating a new square outside the entrance to Queensgate shopping centre, replacing the paving and seating and uplighting the trees to create the same effect that is seen on Bridge Street.

Simon Machen, director of growth and regeneration at Peterborough City Council, said: “The major phase of the improvement works was completed in May but we then allowed for a summer break to cater for the busier holiday period.

“The public realm works to Long Causeway, Bridge Street and Wentworth Street are already having a positive impact by encouraging people to spend more time in the city centre. In turn, this contributes to the wider aims of making the city centre a stronger destination place.”

The minor works to be carried out include benches engraved with poems written by local school children, a granite focal point celebrating the works of local poet John Clare, marker posts and an interactive display board.

The board will have features such as information about local public transport, locally sourced food and the city’s environmental ambitions.

Two new trees and bike parking, including two shelters, are already in place. The new scheme has increased the number of places to secure your bike to 58.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of October.