The Council are kindly inviting us all to have our say on a new transport plan for the city and your ideas definitely, could, possibly, maybe, be included in their final designs to help the city grow for the future.
You might not be surprised to learn that the outline proposals for this new plan (yes, honestly, there was a plan previously) are a tad similar to the old one, although to be fair they have succeeded with many of their aims.
For instance, the never ending road works on Bourges Boulevard have dramatically reduced the amount of traffic flowing through the city centre and at the same time improved access to the railway station, as people have been able to jump out of their cars in the queue, catch a train to London, do a day’s work and jump back in the car, all before the driver has got past Waitrose.
Pedestrians and cyclists have also been forced to share their space more recently due to the awful state of some of the city’s pavements, although as a consequence, it has put added pressure on the hospital’s A&E department.
So some success, but we need to think much bigger and maybe use a BIG society approach to ensure each and every one of us contributes, including those that represent us.
Instead of a park and ride outside of the city, my BIG idea is to knock down Asda and Rivergate and turn it into a central terminus for trams that could run east, west, north and south, across the city. Yes it would require a huge capital investment but if it is good enough for Nottingham and Manchester, it’s good enough for us. City MP, Stewart Jackson, could kick us off by donating his 10% pay rise to the Peterborough Tram pot.
Councillor Sheila Scott could plan it all before she retires, after all she did always have a plan while she was in office, although sometimes she did struggle to put her hands on it and I never did actually get to see it.
Charlie Swift has plenty of experience on the railways so we could put him in charge of running it and stick his name on the side, as a reward for his long service at the Town Hall – The Swift Tram – It has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?
We could also utilise our river more and I think that now he has more time on his hands, Marco Cereste should be encouraged to develop his old idea for water taxis on the Nene. Councillor John Fox has naval experience, so he could ensure that Marco runs a tight ship and doesn’t end up beached like he did with the Peterborough Primary Care Trust.
In London they have Boris Bikes, but here in Peterborough we have Sander’s Suzuki’s. They are not quite as green as Boris’s machines but they do get you to where you want to go an awful lot quicker.
We could fit stabilisers for Councillors Fower and Sandford and a sandwich box for Councillor Sharp.
For those that still want to use a car, Peachy’s one Jag should be available for pick-ups, outside of his Mayoral duties of course and Wayne’s wedding car service could collect you any day apart from Saturday, when it’s mostly covered in confetti and parked outside a church.
Hands up all those that think I have come up with some good ideas.
Now quickly put your hands down before someone thinks you are related to the Queen.