A timeline of Rhubarb Bridge
Plans to demolish Rhubarb Bridge and replace it with crossings were first revealed in Peterborough’s Local Transport Plan, which was approved in April 2016. Capital funding of £5.5 million to demolish the bridge, which is at the end of its life, and increase road capacity was then included in council budget proposals which were approved in March. Full details of the scheme were revealed to residents at a public meeting on August 9. Later that day a city council decision notice was released which awarded the contract for the £5.5 million works to Skanska. However, the proposed scheme received lots of criticism and a petition, which now has 5,000 signatures, sprung up overnight. A week after the plans were revealed, council leader Cllr John Holdich said the authority would see if it could now use its money to repair Rhubarb Bridge, then apply for funding to replace it with another bridge.