The drivers of Peterborough may one day experience big changes on several major city routes as the plans to develop these infrastructure projects move one step closer.
The combined authority approved GBP 600,000 on Thursday (7 November) for the development of business cases to overhaul Nene Parkway, Thomas Cook Roundabout and other projects.
John Holdich, Chairman of the Peterborough City Council and Deputy Mayor of the Combined Authority, said it was a "big day" for Peterborough and he was confident that the plans would "stack up".
Two concrete proposals have now been narrowed down for both ends of the Nene Parkway.
The committee approved £ 140,000 to develop a business case for upgrading the Thomas Cook Roundabout at junction 15 of the A47.
Cllr Holdich, a member of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, welcomed the decisions that the roundabout "has long been an obstacle to work in Peterborough and the ambulance service."
Plans for developments at the other end of the park will also outline the business case phase. £ 130,000 was approved to develop plans for upgrades between Junction 32 of Nene Parkway and Junction 3 of Fletton Parkway.
A further £ 200,000 was approved for a strategic business case to evaluate options for infrastructure development around the planned Peterborough University, notably the Frank Perkins Parkway.
£ 130,000 was earmarked for the development of a strategic business model to examine options for improving infrastructure and, as Mr Haldich put it, to "unlock" the planned 2000 home development in Norwood.
According to the Combined Authority report, the infrastructure project will double a section of the A16 and improve the A47 roundabout.
Cllr Holdich commented on the approved funds for the development of the four plans: "It is a great day, not only addressing safety issues, but also creating problems where we can unlock significant land for employment and housing.
"It will be several million pounds that are attracted by Peterborough."
The Nene Parkway plans in detail:
Thomas Cook roundabout:
(a) Northbound A1260 Nene Parkway to three lanes from exit 33;
(b) A new pedestrian bridge between Longthorpe and Thorpe Wood as the existing one is an obstacle to the delivery of the third lane. and
(c) Broaden the roundabout at Junction 15 between the A1260 Nene Parkway and the Bretton Way.
Nene Parkway, Junction 32 / Junction Three of the Fletton Parkway:
(a) Extend Junction 31 to Junction 3
(b) Add a torch to the A1260 Nene Parkway access to Junction 3 for a four-lane driveway
(c) Add the fourth lane to the roundabout between the southern approach to the A1260 Nene Parkway and the eastern exit onto the A1139 Fletton Parkway
(d) Add a 150-meter torch to the west-facing branch of the A1139 Fletton Parkway to create a third lane.
(e) Add a third lane to the roundabout southbound between the A1260 The Serpentine exit and the northbound A1260 The Serpentine
(f) Add the third lane to the A1260 The Serpentine north of the Hargate Way
(g) Extend the A1260 The Serpentine north to make a four-lane approach
(h) Take the fourth lane in the roundabout between the A1260 The Serpentine to the north and the A1139 Fletton Parkway to the west
(i) Install traffic signals on the A1260 Nene Parkway to Junction 3
(j) Install the traffic signals for the A1260. The winding road approaches the intersection 3.