Combined Authority funding moves Station Quarter plans to the next stage
|Combined Authority funding moves Station Quarter plans to the next stage
|A total of £350,000 will be given by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) to move forward plans for a revamped Station Quarter – land surrounding Peterborough Railway Station.
The decision was made at the CPCA meeting last month (Wednesday, 25 August) and means the partners now have the funds to put together a strategic outline business case. This will set out future aspirations for the Station Quarter site to deliver improvements to transport infrastructure and new homes and jobs for the city. This investment from the CPCA will complement £60,000 already committed by partners Network Rail, Peterborough City Council and LNER.
Once the strategic outline business case is completed in roughly six months time, the trio will meet the requirements to bid to the CPCA to be considered for a Levelling Up Fund Round 2 Round Two Transport bid for funding of up to £50million from government to make the plans a reality.
The plans for the revamped Station Quarter will involve the creation of a gateway station to the east with enhanced retail and passenger facilities to dramatically improve the customer experience and people’s first impressions of the city. The area around the station will include an attractive pedestrianised route into the city centre, making it easier, safer and more direct for passengers to access the city. It will also look at a new western station entrance on the opposite side of the train tracks, with parking, that will aid in the reduction of congestion levels on Crescent Bridge.
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for strategic planning, commercial strategy and investment at Peterborough City Council, said: “This is a great chance to bid for funding from Government to complement the existing Towns Fund funding we have already received. It will mean we are able to work with our partners Network Rail and LNER to make greater use of the surface level car park at the site and to create a more welcoming entrance to Peterborough for visitors to our city. We welcome this money from the Combined Authority to be able to take these plans further.”
Paul McKeown, Investment Director for Network Rail, said: “This project will make a big difference for passengers using Peterborough station, so we’re delighted to be able to contribute to it. The plans which are being developed would transform access to the station, making rail a more attractive choice for the local community and visitors to the city.”
Claire Ansley, Director of Customer Experience at LNER, said: “Peterborough Station plays an important role in the city and wider region so we at LNER are very excited about the plans for the revamped Station Quarter, which will help further improve the station’s accessibility to the surrounding areas and provide an even more impressive welcome to customers.”