North Bank road set to re-open with safety barrier

Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams. Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
4:47 PM

The notorious North Bank road will re-open at 8pm tonight with a safety barrier fully in place.

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It has been shut since Monday morning so contractors working on behalf of Peterborough City Council could install the £50,000 250-metre barrier, which will help prevent cars crashing into the River Nene.

The road has seen two deaths and numerous close escapes since the beginning of last month.

Hannah Yates, 18, drowned when her car plunged into the River Nene on November 3.

On December 2, the body of Keith Pettitt, 50, of Corby, was pulled from the river after his Skoda was spotted partially submerged.

Three other vehicles also went into the River Nene at the same spot three weeks ago in separate incidents and all eight occupants escaped.

Peterborough City Council are also considering installing red reflective red studs in the road and making the temporary 40 mph speed limit permanent.

But they say they can’t afford to install an average speed camera system, which would cost £400,000.

However, were external funding to be found, they would install cameras.

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