Helping hand for revellers in Peterborough as they return home after celebrations

The Departure Lounge in Peterborough city centre last year.
The Departure Lounge in Peterborough city centre last year.
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A safe haven is being created for New Year revellers in Peterborough to ensure they get home safely.

The so-called Peterborough Departure Lounge will be set up to offer care and support to city centre revellers.

The lounge will be operating from the front of Bayard Place, in Broadway, Peterborough.

It will open on December 31 between 10pm and 4am and staff will offer refreshments, advice and practical help for revellers making their way home.

Cambridgeshire Police, Peterborough City Council and nursing staff will be on hand to ensure partygoers end their celebrations with a safe, planned and successful journey home.

Robin Sissons, the council’s safer stronger strategy manager, said: “The Departure Lounge was a great success last year.

“The new style departure lounge wants to ensure that a good night out in our vibrant city centre continues with a safe journey home.

“The departure lounge will support anyone who needs help organising how to get home.”

Mr Sissons added: “Don’t let alcohol transport you to an unsafe altitude this New Year, help and advice is available at the Peterborough Departure Lounge.”

Councillor Nigel North, the council’s cabinet member for communities and environment capital, said: “This facility is a great example of how teams across the city work together.

“New Year is one of the busiest times of the year so providing this service ensures everyone can have both a fun night out and a safe journey home.

“If you are celebrating New Year in the city centre and your plans on how to get home unexpectedly change then make sure you don’t fly off into the night without checking into the Peterborough Departure Lounge for help and advice.”