You will have seen the artistic impressions of how Bourges Boulevard will look if the PCC is allowed to get away with it?
It's being touted as the gateway to Peterborough, first impressions and all that. The problem is that the backside of a privately owned multi level car park, will still look like the backside of a privately owned multi level car park, and will always be an essential part of the overall gateway picture or vision.
The planners have also overlooked, in our view, the volumes of traffic in and out of those car parks. We say this as the traffic flow surveys were simply carried out at the wrong time of year. They will still be contributing to traffic flow, and density, in the area.
The council idea is to put in several pedestrian street level crossing points (bridges and underpasses are too expensive to build and maintain they say) making pedestrian access easier to and from the railway station (a right turn for vehicles at the exit even) and a relocated Waitrose supermarket - the lease is up at Queensgate and Waitrose (part of John Lewis Partnership) simply don't want to renew. Queensgate being up for disposal by the current owners, make it an unattractive proposition to stay, negotiating a new lease, and with new owners too....
You will however recall that in Bridge Street mixing cyclists with pedestrians doesn't mix? We had the dear leader jumping up and down. So what are they proposing? A cycleway along the same pedestrianised portion of the Boulevard. Madness.
But probably the most unusual idea is to put a row of London Plane Trees (Sycamore) along a widened central reservation, instead of at the side of the road. Plane trees provide dense shade, spread sideways and deposit a resin or goo on the ground ( or vehicles) passing underneath. Central reservation trees will also have to be trimmed to allow buses on both sides to pass ..... good call!
Ideally a series of prefabricated spiral ramp (i.e. no steps) access metal section footbridges, say three, would resolve the access problem and leave the traffic flow of the Boulevard unaffected, and keep pedestrians, including disabled people, children, prams, buggies and mobility scooters 100% safe from road traffic accidents. The PCC will counter they cannot afford it. But on past evidence there is a contingency fund, admittedly for wacky ideas, so instead of funding Blue Sky Peterborough and the 'Freemans Solar adventure, ( is it producing revenue yet?) they could easily fund this, or is it just - wait for it - a bridge too far?
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