First phase of Long Causeway works complete

New street furniture at Long Causewayy EMN-150518-234650009
New street furniture at Long Causewayy EMN-150518-234650009
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The main phase of a £2 million scheme to improve Peterborough’s Long Causeway is set to finish, but city centre disruption will not end just yet.

Works in Long Causeway will stop by the end of the month before re-starting in September and October to improve the new square by installing an interactive display board and extra seating.

The scheme is part of Peterborough City Council’s series of works to improve the city centre and includes two covered cycle parking shelters and cycle racks to secure 58 bikes.

The council hoped that the works, which began in May 2014, would be completed by the end of April.

The new square will be outside the entrance to Queensgate Shopping Centre and will have a floor design depicting John Clare and his poems.

Works also began on Monday to re-pave in Wentworth Street and install new lighting. The works are expected to be completed by August and will cost £130,000.

Simon Machen, the council’s corporate director: growth and regeneration, said: “The regeneration of the city centre has attracted new businesses, new jobs and new investment.

“The Wentworth Street improvements honour a commitment we made to businesses to improve the street scene following the public realm works on Bridge Street.”

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “The project has progressed well but we have experienced some minor delays. In the main these were due to the need to work with utility companies who used the opportunity to upgrade and install new equipment.

“We also stopped works between the start of November and the start of January so that Christmas shopping was not affected for businesses, residents or visitors.”