Money given to re­place bridge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

The Govern­ment has awarded £3.85 mil­lion to­wards a project to re­place Rhubarb Bridge, but the money will only be spent on im­prov­ing the nearby A47/A15 junc­tion.

Cam­paign­ers had their hopes raised that a re­place­ment bridge might be on the cards when the De­part­ment for Trans­port an­nounced the money had been awarded to the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Author­ity. But Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader Cllr John Holdich said the money will only be used to add pedes­trian cross­ings at the road junc­tion and for ex­tra lanes for mo­torists in 2020/21.

He added: “Whether the bridge is there or not the road has to be done. You have to get peo­ple across the road.”

The com­bined author­ity yes­ter­day agreed to push ahead with a fea­si­bil­ity study for a re­place­ment bridge. The study will be car­ried out in 2018/19 and will pro­duce a de­tailed de­sign and cost­ing for a bridge to re­place Rhubarb.

If fund­ing is then found for the bridge, works could start at the same time as the new road cross­ings are in­stalled.

More­over, the Govern­ment is also spend­ing £2.8 mil­lion to­wards a right turn lane onto the B1095 to­wards Pon­der­s­bridge from the A605 be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Whit­tle­sey. The works are due to take place in 2019/20.

Rhubarb Bridge

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