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Go ahead for A426 bus route improvements

08/01/2013

LEICESTER'S City Mayor has today given the go-ahead to a £5 million scheme to introduce bus lanes along the A426 from Glen Parva into the city centre.

The work will be funded by the Government, the city council and Leicestershire County Council.The county council's cabinet has already given its backing to the plans.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "This scheme will enable significant improvements to be made to one of the busiest and most important commuter routes into the city.

"I have met with residents from Aylestone and Glen Parva to hear their concerns, and have also met with Aylestone ward councillors.

"However I have looked in detail at the scheme and am convinced it represents good value for money for the city and will benefit not just bus users, but also pedestrians and cyclists, and will even increase junction capacity for drivers.

"Our aim is to provide a good public transport system in the city that will help to bring about growth in our economy. This scheme will help us to achieve that, and I can see no reason not to approve it."

The A426 carries 37 buses an hour as it reaches the city centre.

As well as the bus lanes, capacity improvements to reduce queuing time are planned at key junctions, including at Soar Valley Way and Carlton Street. Safety improvements that will reduce accidents and new lengths of cycle lane are also planned.

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