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New 20mph zone proposed near school

Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A NEW 20mph zone has been proposed for the streets surrounding a city primary school.

Leicester City Council is planning to bring in speed restrictions and traffic calming measures in the streets near to Fosse Primary School, in Balfour Street off Fosse Road North.

A 20mph limit would be introduced on streets including Bonchurch Street, Central Road, Balfour Street, Marshall Street, Bassett Street, Rugby Street, Dunton Street and Repton Street.

Various traffic-calming measures are also included in the designs, including installing speed cushions on Balfour Street outside the school, and making the yellow ‘Keep Clear’ markings mandatory.

There will also be speed cushions at the junction of Balfour Street and Central Road, along with footway build-outs to cut traffic speeds.

Speed cushions and build-outs will also be installed near the junction of Bonchurch Street and Marshall Street, with some nearby yellow lines removed to create extra parking.

The measures were decided upon following consultations with residents, emergency services, the school and local ward councillors. Of those who responded to the proposals, 95 percent backed a 20mph speed limit, with 83 percent also supporting the traffic calming measures.

It will cost about £43,000 to implement the scheme, with funding coming from the council’s Transport Capital Programme.

Detailed designs and the Traffic Regulation Orders needed for the scheme are due to be drawn up over the coming months, with the measures coming into effect at the end of 2016 or early 2017.

The scheme is the latest in a citywide programme of 20mph zones in areas around schools, where requested by residents.