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Connecting Leicester programme wins national award

Published on Monday, July 4, 2016

LEICESTER has won an Urban Design Transport Award for the Connecting Leicester project.

The national award, received by Leicester City Council at an event last week, recognises outstanding practice in urban planning and public realm improvements.

Connecting Leicester includes schemes such as Jubilee Square and Cathedral Gardens, as well as the creation of dedicated cycle lanes in roads such as Newarke Street and Welford Road.

It also includes the redevelopment of the Belgrave Road area after the removal of the Belgrave flyover.

These schemes – plus city centre street improvements in areas such as Applegate, Berridge Street and Hotel Street – were showcased before award judges as examples of the success of the Connecting Leicester programme.

Connecting Leicester was one of city mayor Peter Soulsby’s key pledges when he first came to office, and has been extended with a second phase of work since his re-election last year.

The second phase of Connecting Leicester includes improvements to Belvoir Street, plus more work in the Greyfriars conservation area of the city.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We’ve invested £8.5million in improving pedestrian and cycle routes across the city, as well as millions more in projects such as Jubilee Square and Cathedral Gardens. Awards like this, which recognise best practice, reinforce the value of this investment.

“I’m extremely pleased that the achievements of Connecting Leicester have been rewarded by the judges of the Urban Design Transport Award. It emphasises what we here in Leicester already know – that these improvements make a huge difference to the look and feel of our urban environment, and will have a long-lasting beneficial effect on our city.”

The award is run by the Transport Planning Society and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, as part of their annual conference.

It was collected last week by members of the city council team who have helped implement the Connecting Leicester improvements.

To find out more about Connecting Leicester, visit