Tel. (01733) 217500
Fax. (01733) 217501
Governor: Mike Conway (Prison Director)
Controller: Mark Howell
Though the prison didn't open fully until Easter 2005AD, building work finished in
November 2004AD. (The remainder of the time was used
for staff training.)
This document was last revised
Operational Capacity: 840
Accommodates 480 men and 360 women.
Takes all people on remand from courts in Cambridgeshire and some
existing prisoners from overcrowded jails in other parts of the UK.
Female prisoners will also come from North Lincolnshire to
North London. Most of the prisoners will either be on remand or awaiting
transfer to other prisons after their trial.
The prison is split in two, housing male people on the (south) blue side
and female people on the (north) red side. All captives will be aged over 21.
"Built with space, colour and natural light in mind."
Each side has a gym and healthcare centre.
The emphasis in provided education is vocational, eg hairdressing,
Supposedly people will have 12 hours per day out of their cells;
other prisons have claimed similar things but ended-up with 23-hour lockups.
The prison is on the site of the former Baker Perkins/Rockwell & APV
Works, indirectly off Westfield Road a mile North of the Railway
Station, in the town of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
Type of Accommodation
Cells, mainly single.
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Recent Report
For all visits:
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 0900 - 1700
There are no visits on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Dedicated booking lines:
Tel. (01733) 217536 (Revised)
Fax. (01733) 217512
(Legal representatives should fax their requests.)
For weekday (Monday - Friday) visits:
Social visits: 1300 - 1930
Legal & official visits: 0900 - 1930
There is a free car park available for visitors.
Convicted prisoners will receive a Visiting Order on a weekly basis
that should be mailed to intended visitors.
Visitors for remand prisoners should telephone the booking line and
arrangements will be made for their Visiting Order to be collected at
the visitors' reception.
Remand Visits Entitlements
Basic regime prisoners can have 30 minutes per day. The visit must
be completed by 1630.
Standard regime prisoners can have one visit each weekday for
Convicted Visits Entitlements
Basic regime prisoners can have one visit up to a maximum of one hour
Standard regime prisoners can have one visit for a maximum of
two hours per week.
Enhanced regime prisoners can have one visit per week up to a maximum of
three hours, plus one additional three hour visit per month by
How to get there...
Peterborough is mid-way between the East Anglian coast and the
Midlands. 5 miles from the A1, and 20 miles from the A14, which
links the east coast ports with the Midlands. Main routes by road are
via the A47 and A15.
- Bus from local centres:
- The Bus Station is in a region called Queensgate, next to the
East Coast mainline Railway Station.
- Probably the best option is Stagecoach citi 3 from Queensgate
Bay 2 to Westfield Road (Westwood), every 10 minutes at peak times.
Ask the driver for the nearest stop to the prison.
- Routes 6 (Stagecoach, also from Bay 2) &
6A (First Choice, from Bay 1A) are trial services until
Thursday 31st March 2005.
(They will continue if there is enough demand.)
- Bus destination is quoted as "Westwood, Hampton Court".
Bus Timetables for
6A may be downloaded here.
- From the North:
- Take the A1, turning left onto the A47(T) Dual Carriageway at
- Carry on into Peterborough, where the road is called Soke Parkway.
- Follow directions as from the west, below.
- From the West:
- Take the A47 from Leicester.
Nearer Peterborough it becomes the A47(T) Dual Carriageway, called
- After about 6 miles, you will pass under a pedestrian bridge.
Just after this is the flyover-style junction with Bretton Gate.
- Exit here and turn right (East) onto Bretton Gate.
- Follow this gently curving road to it's end,
passing straight over several crossroads and two small roundabouts.
- Directly after the second roundabout, there is a T-junction at which you
should turn left. This is Saville Road.
- The prison is clearly signposted a short way up the road, on the right.
- From the East:
- Take the A47 into Peterborough, where the road is called the A47(T)
Soke Parkway. Go straight over the major junction with the A15
Lincoln Road / Bourges Boulevard. You will pass over a railway
bridge; take the next exit slipway left into Gresley Way.
- Carry straight on for about a mile, passing straight over a small
roundabout halfway along.
- Turn left at the roundabout with Breton Gate. Immediately there will
be a T-Junction, at which you should turn left again, into Saville Road.
- The prison is clearly signposted on the right.
- From the South:
- Take the A1(M). Carry straight on after the final Junction (17) where
the road becomes the A1. Take the next right onto the A605 at Alwalton.
- Continue straight along this road for 4 miles, until it becomes
Oundle Road and terminates at the junction with the A15 London Road
opposite the City Leisure Centre.
- Turn left onto the main A15, and follow it round as it becomes
Bridge Street, then Bourges Boulevard. Passing the Railway Station
on your left, continue as for overground directions
from the Station, below.
(Local route, suitable for taxies and cyclists.)
- The nearest rail station is Peterborough.
- Exit Station Road, turning left onto the A15 Bourges Boulevard
- Pass straight over one roundabout, and turn left at the next, into
- Go over the railway bridge, then right at the next roundabout, onto
Gresley Way, and right again at the next roundabout, onto
- The prison is clearly marked on the right.
- Taxis can be taken from the station to the prison.
A (free) Visitors Car Park is available.
BOARD OF VISITORS
Clerk to the Board of Visitors,
Cambridgeshire PE3 7PD
Peterborough is an 840 place category B prison that opened on Easter
Monday 28th March 2005. It accepts both male and female people in separate
wings, "the first UK prison to do this".
Apart, that is, from HMP DURHAM, and in
Scotland; HMP CRAIGINCHES,
There is a 12-Place Mother and Baby Unit, and
inpatient facilities in the Healthcare Centre.
Prison Service Area: Eastern
Area Manager: Danny McAllister
Escort Area/Contractor: Area 4/Group4
MP: Helen Clark (née Brinton) (Labour)
Constabulary: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Probation Service area: Cambridgeshire Probation Service
Information researched by The Freedom Campaign
with some continuing assistance from UKDS.
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