Work to create a roundabout at the junction of David’s Lane and Staniland Way in Werrington, one of Peterborough’s most notorious accident black spots, is set to begin.
The work is due to begin on Monday, 5 January after years of campaigning by residents and councillors.
The works, costing £513,000, have been welcomed by Werrington North councillor John Fox, who said: “I am over the moon. People have been calling for this for years. There will be disruption when the roundabout is being built, but you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
“There are two or three crashes there every week.”
Retailer Tesco had been expected to pay for the changes as part of its planned development of the Werrington Centre. But bosses dropped the planned development because of what they described as a “change in shopping behaviour”.
Andy Simmonds, landlord of The Ploughman pub in Werrington, said: “I am disappointed the work is being done in January, when the sales are on - we have the only Tesco clearance shop in the area, so I am sure there will be plenty of people coming to that, and maybe February would have been a better time to start the works.”
The works will last 17 weeks, with the roundabout set to open in May.
During the works there will be a need to close David’s Lane to traffic in both directions.
During the Easter holidays the junction will be closed for three weeks.”