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A clean pleasent city
Peterborough in General
Member Name: coppit
Peterborough in General
Date: 02/03/01, updated on 02/03/01 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Clean and well layed out
Disadvantages: Still growing
Peterborough is a cathedral city with a population of 150,000 situated 80 miles north of London. It is situated on the A47, the A1 and just north of the A14 providing good road links with all areas of the country. London is only 50 minutes away by train on the East Coast mainline, with services also running to the Midlands, the East Coast and the Northwest. The station is located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the bus station and Queensgate.
Due to the fact it was developed from the 1970’s onwards as a ‘New Town’ it has a wide range of housing set in well landscaped areas and a comprehensive parkway system, consisting of uncongested dual-carriageways, linking different areas of the city.
The cathedral one of Peterborough’s main tourist attractions, is a fine example of Gothic architecture and is nearing the end of a comprehensive refurbishment. It is located in walled grounds and only a stones throw from Queensgate, a moderately sized indoor shopping centre with a wide range of shops and good car parking facilities. The city centre also boasts several shopping arcades and a tree-lined pedestrian shopping area.
From here the River Nene is only minutes away, with it’s floating restaurants and the embankment, a large area of open grassland. 45 minutes walking along the banks will bring you to Ferry Meadows, a large man-made country park, with water sports facilities and miles of footpaths and cycle ways. For those of you not wanting to walk the Nene Valley Railway; a line run by enthusiast, and used in many films offers travel by steam train, (phone to check operating times).
Back in the city centre, major leisure developments have recently been undertaken, with new nightclubs, bars and a bowling alley opening and further developments are expected to be completed soon.
Having lived in Peterborough all my life, I have visited many areas and generally find Pet
erborough a clean, pleasant city to live in but like all large cities it does have its less desired areas. The closeness to the countryside and comprehensive cycle network are an added bonus.