Ac­cess prob­lem still ex­ists

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

MAY I ask the writer of the let­ter sug­gest­ing that the scheme to re­move the pedes­trian bridge be­tween the rail­way sta­tion and the main shops be changed if his pro­posed light-con­trolled cross­ing in­cludes a much­needed cross­ing at the town end of Cres­cent Bridge to al­low the 500+ fam­i­lies liv­ing on the south side of the bridge to reach the rail­way side more eas­ily?

At the mo­ment, the only op­tion for many older res­i­dents in wheel­chairs and mums with pushchairs is to use the un­der­passes, which take them to­wards the bot­tom end of town away from the shops in West­gate, the li­brary end of town.

There has al­ready been one death as a pedes­trian tried to cross Bourges Boule­vard.

Now, some 12 years ago, the then city en­gi­neer Andy Wal­ford had a costed scheme to in­stall a lift or escalator to give ac­cess to Queens­gate.

If this were in­cluded, pre­sum­ably at Queen­gate’s ex­pense, then it could be a pos­si­ble an­swer for ev­ery­one.

It seems rather a pity that the city has ended in this sit­u­a­tion.

When Bourges Boule­vard was be­ing first planned, there was a scheme that in­stead of com­ing into the cen­tre of town, it would only come as far as about Taven­ers Road and then go to Broad­way to join the Frank Perkins Park­way, via, I think, a re­de­vel­oped Huntly Grove and Pad­holme Road area, thus leav­ing the rail­way sta­tion and all the shops as they were then in one piece.

What other schemes do other readers have to solve what could be a dif­fi­cult prob­lem, which now needs solv­ing if this ad­di­tional shop­ping space is to be cre­ated?

Or will the scheme go ahead as just more of­fice space need­ing ac­cess for its staff, vis­i­tors and their cars.

PHIL PUMPHREY Thorpe Lea Road,

Peter­bor­ough

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