Buses may pick up from bypass lay-bys
Buses may pick-up and drop passengers from the lay-bys on the A47 Thorney bypass while resurfacing work is done at the village crossroads.
Steve Allen, one of the village’s representatives on Peterborough City Council, has been pressuring the council to make some arrangements for buses while road closures are in force.
The city council’s traffic section has suggested using the lay-bys and bus operators have agreed, but shuttle buses will be needed to get people from the village to the bypass.
The council is hoping arrangements will be confirmed tomorrow (Thursday).
People have also been concerned that the work was scheduled to run into Friday and may disrupt people working to get the Abbey’s Flower Festival set up.
This is being held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but all the work decorating the church and setting up displays is done during the week, with the busiest day being Friday. There’s also a concert planned in the Abbey on Friday night.
The council says Church Street will remain open during the work, but will remain one way. This means people living east of the crossroads will be able to access the Abbey via Church Street, but will have to return via Whittlesey Road, Thorney Dyke and Knarr Fen Road (around eight miles).
Yesterday, contractors said the work might be completed much more quickly than the five days allocated. The official programme of work allows for resurfacing Monday to Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday set aside for white lining, installing studs and the traffic loops for the traffic signals.