The barrier, which runs along Bourges Boulevard, near to the entrance to the Train Station, has certainly caused a range of comments whenever I’ve spoken about it on-line and in 2015, after recently being installed, it was even hit by vandals.
Some residents then asked me to find out how much it has actually cost, so I did.
At a meeting of Full Council, I stood up and explained that I’d had several queries relating to the so called “art work”, that runs along the central reservation of the Bourges Boulevard, that appeared following the £4.5 million improvement scheme the other year.
“I suggest the cost of the safety barrier needs to be looked at in the context of the whole scheme.
“The total cost of this project was £4.5 million of which £2.1 million was government funded and £0.6million was a contribution secured from the rather splendid Waitrose development alongside; approved, he might remember, by the cross party Planning Committee.
“The remaining £1.8 was from the Council, agreed by Members as an integral element of the budget at that time.
“The estimated cost to plant trees directly into the central reservation without the use of planters and the erection of standard specification, somewhat utilitarian, railings was originally priced at about £720,000 whereas the use of planters and bespoke railings now installed cost well under £600,000.
“Quite a saving, I’m sure you’ll agree.”
So ……. do you agree with the Tory councillor? Or do you have another view? Either way, please let us know below!
But that didn’t stop the issue being raised at a meeting of Full Council earlier this year.
It was Liberal Councillor for Dogsthorpe, Cllr Chris Ash, who raised the issue, asking that given the proposals for a new junction at Werrington, whether a new station on the northern side of the city could also be included in development plans.
“… Network Rail and the Government have no plans whatsoever to build a new station in this area.” – PCC
It’s a shame, as I for one, suspect using train lines, will become a viable option over the next 25 years, as a way to reduce the reliance on car usage, as we already face restrictions such as road width, air quality targets etc.
Maybe we could even see the introduction of cable cars along the existing train lines that run throughout the city?
They did that in Mexico City to help address the issues of congestion and pollution.
What we do know about the rail junction at Werrington:
Government’s current plans are to speed up travel times on the East Coast Mainline and an example of this is the planned Werrington project.
This will take freight trains under the East Coast Mainline, and will improve reliability, journey times and also increase the number of trains.
Work at Werrington is set to start in the Summer of 2018 and completion is planned for Autumn 2020.
For full details on the Werrington Scheme please VISIT HERE!
A local resident contacted me about the issue of how long it takes to get into town, by bus, which made me wonder what your thoughts or experiences are?
The resident told me, “The bus takes 20+ minutes to get me to Queensgate. I often can’t spare that long, when the drive is less than 10 mins.”
The irony of course, is that the more cars on the road of Peterborough has a direct effect and negative affect upon the reliability of the buses i.e. when the road are not busy the buses run well.
Another resident of Swale Avenue, also told me “Stagecoach buses are hopeless. Every 10 minutes, is more like every 20 at times, especially early evening between 4pm and 6pm. The only buses that run on time are the 10.30pm and 11.30pm buses from the city centre.”
Generally speaking, I find the number 1 and 2 buses pretty good, and while they sometimes may take an extra few minutes to get into the city centre, you do of course have the benefit of being able to switch off and let someone else drive.
That said, maybe we need to be looking at introducing bus lanes, in order to a) make the buses run smoother and b) to encourage people out of their cars?
Commenting, local Lib Dem ward councillor, Darren Fower, said:
“Over the past 20 years, the percentage of children travelling to school by car has doubled, almost 40% of primary and 20% of seconday age children are now driven to school each day.
“In Peterborough, this factor was exacerbated by the Tory controlled City Council, when they closed down perfectly good schools a few years ago, eventually flogging off land for housing or supermarkets, such as Bretton Woods and Honeyhill.”
The school run can mean significant cost implications, with families spending over £300 annually on the drive to school in petrol costs and wear and tear to the average car.
Children who walk to school learn more about their local environment – they find out who their neighbours are and make friends as they chat to other children on the way to school.
Nearly half (48%) of children would like to walk or bike to school even more if they could, says a new survey carried out by a specialist child research agency, ChildWise, in partnership with the Department of Transport (DfT) in 2004.
The younger children who walk use about 75% of the number of calories travelling to and from school that they would from two hours of PE.
The older children use over one third more in walking than they do in two hours of PE, especially the boys.