The investment, made possible with funding from the government's Towns Fund, will be made between Windmill Street and Searjeant Street. Of the money required, £2.5million is from the Towns Fund and a further £1.9million will come from Peterborough City Council.
Each improvement is planned to make the area easier and more attractive to spend time in, to walk and cycle around, to support the health and wellbeing of residents, shoppers and visitors. A dedicated project manager is now in place for the project.
Businesses will be able to apply for pavement licences, extending the city's café culture initiative beyond the centre of Peterborough and giving dining and retail a boost following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Town Deal Investment Plan identified that this particular section of Lincoln Road is, on average, 22-24 metres; almost as wide as Bridge Street. As only 6.5 metres is needed for two double-decker buses to pass, the space is not being utilised as well as it could be, and ideas born from discussions with the local community focus on using this space better.
Specific ideas that are being considered include:
- Pedestrian crossing across Taverners Road
- Secure community space
- Outdoor seating and dining opportunities for local businesses – extending the café culture approach
- Competitively priced trade waste collections for local businesses to minimise waste being left out on the street
- Parking restrictions to create more outside space for local businesses and encourage shoppers to walk and cycle more. The city council is also reviewing opportunities to improve short-stay parking in the area.
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for strategic planning at Peterborough City Council, said: "We recognise that this area of Lincoln Road has needed improvement for some time and now, thanks to the Towns Fund, we are able to deliver on this promise.
"The improvements aim to create more outdoor, pedestrian space for shoppers, businesses, visitors and residents. Attractive places to eat, drink, shop and relax with friends and family members."
Public consultation on the plans is due to begin in the summer, with the improvements expected to be implemented in 2022/23. Views of local residents, businesses and organisations will be welcomed, with further updates to come in the autumn.
Matthew Bradbury, independent chair of the Towns Fund Board, said: "In the summer we will be looking for your views on these plans, so we can take the next steps in deciding exactly what will be coming for this area in 2023/24. We will need the local community to really get on board and tell us what they like and any barriers and how we can make the plans work for them."