Park­way dreams

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Nigel Thorn­ton nigel.thorn­ton@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTnigelthorn­ton 01733 588714

Park­ways and Peter­bor­ough are syn­ony­mous and the city’s road sys­tem is the envy of many towns and ci­ties where travel speeds have been re­duced to snail’s pace.

It was fas­ci­nat­ing to read in last week’ s PT the story of Ken­neth Hut ton, who was chief en­gi­neer at Peter­bor­ough De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion for 16 years and gen­eral man­ager for an­other four.

Sadly, Mr Hut ton died re­cently aged 85, but as the fa­ther of the park ways his legacy will be a last­ing one.

The park­ways- all 32 miles of them - have also been im­mor­talised in the play Park­way Dreams which must be the only drama ever about town plan­ning!

Build­ing the park­ways was a mas­sive job and to­day’s pic­tures give an idea of the scale and com­plex­ity of the project.

I par­tic­u­larly like the pic­ture of the man sit­ting on the bench seem­ingly per­ilously close to the build­ing of a bridge over the Ne ne as part of F let ton Park­way.

If you look closely you can also see a work­man stand­ing on one of the mas­sive gird­ers.

If you can iden­tify the lo­ca­tion of the pic­tures please get in touch.

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