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Keeping the traffic moving

Every year, in the run up to Christmas, city centre streets get very busy as people come into town to shop. This year the City Centre Forum is looking for 'Meeters and Greeters' to station at Town Bridge and Crescent Bridge on Saturdays in December. Linked by radio to all major city centre car parks, the 'Meeters and Greeters' will be able to advise shoppers on where there are available car parking spaces; saving people's time and keeping traffic congestion down.

The Forum - which co-ordinates the interests of the city council, local businesses and other organisations - aims to attract more visitors to Peterborough city centre by improving access to the range of leisure and shopping activities which are available.

Sue Bolter, the City Centre Manager said: "There are over 13,000 car parking spaces in the City Centre, but some are more popular than others. At busy times, such as Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, clever shoppers are those prepared to walk just a few yards further. It would be a great help if people planned their journey to town and parked at some of the more outlying car parks such as Pleasure Meadow near Town Bridge (580 spaces) or Wellington Street off Boongate (197 spaces). We are going to help people find a space quickly!"

The Forum is approaching local charitable organisations to see if they want their volunteers to act as 'Meeters and Greeters'. Bob Hogg, the Chairman of the Forum, said: "Local charities often help out at large scale events and have already gained a lot of practical experience of directing traffic and advising drivers. The Forum will make a donation to the 'good cause' that will be the equivalent to an hourly wage rate."

The other Christmas traffic initiatives planned for the City Centre include a Saturday Park and Ride service from the East of England Showground and from Perkins' car park. Regular radio up-dates of available parking places, a reminder to people that over 80 bus services run into the City Centre and so do train services on WAGN, GNER and Central trains. There are lots of ways to get to the shops!

October 2000




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Sue Bolter
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Stuart House, City Road
Tel: 01733 890808 Extn: 242

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