Locals get the chance to vote for name of new bridge planned for …

Residents are being asked for their views about a new multi-million-pound bridge that is planned to be built across the River Nene. The bridge would provide a link for pedestrians and cyclists from Fletton Quays to the Embankment in Peterborough[1].

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has contributed £3.4m, alongside £2m from the government's Towns Fund. The remainder of the bridge's cost would come from the council's redevelopment budget.

Members of the public have been invited to give their views on the bridge and vote for potential name options. Views are also being asked on whether there should be an art project on the bridge, or additional street furniture such as bins or benches.

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, leader of Peterborough City Council[3], said: "It’s not very often that a city gets to build a bridge – however, thanks to the Government’s Towns Fund, we are getting that opportunity. We’ve all heard talk about how good it would be to have a bridge in this location over the last decade, now’s your chance to have a say on what you think about the plans."

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridge and Peterborough, added: "Transport is about people, not cars, and we’re all working together to create a network that answers people’s varying travel needs. I hope many citizens will share their views and stamp their mark on this bridge into Peterborough’s future, one that will help reduce motor traffic, boosting public health and air quality for everyone."

Names that are currently being discussed include the King Charles Bridge and the Charles Swift Bridge. The public consultation is due to run until July 5.


  1. ^ Peterborough (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
  2. ^ East West Rail asked Cambridgeshire about its new rail line plans and residents told them straight (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
  3. ^ Peterborough City Council (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)