Belvoir Street improvement work set to begin
Published on Thursday, June 2, 2016
WORK on a £1.3milllion revamp of a busy city centre street is due to begin next week.
Western Power is due to carry our public utility works from Tuesday (June 7), in advance of Leicester City Council beginning work to widen and improve footpaths and create a new contraflow cycle lane on Belvoir Street later in the month.
Pavements will be completely reconstructed and finished in buff-coloured, resin-bound gravel, with the new cycle lane surfaced in contrasting red asphalt.
All loading bays along the road will be maintained, but pay-and-display parking will be moved onto adjoining Stamford Street. Disabled parking will be provided on Albion Street.
The scheme will also see the removal of traffic signals along Belvoir Street, with the road layout altered to help control traffic speed.
Once complete, the scheme will provide a much-needed extension of the city centre network of safe cycle routes, linking to new cycle lanes on Newarke Street and Welford Road.
Work on the Welford Road improvement scheme, which has created a new cycle lane between Lancaster Walk and Marlborough Street, is on schedule to be completed by mid-June.
The council is also planning to work with the developer of the former council offices at New Walk Centre to draw up options for improvements to King Street and Welford Place, which will help link the new cycle lanes on Newarke Street, Welford Road and Belvoir Street.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Belvoir Street improvements are the latest phase of an ambitious programme of work to improve our city centre streets for all visitors.
“The work will completely revamp this busy shopping street with wider, safer and more attractive pavements. It also gives us the opportunity to address an obvious gap in the city centre cycling network.
“It will extend work we have already completed across the city centre to create a more connected network of routes linking our heritage and cultural attractions, with our city centre shopping and sports stadiums.
“With work now beginning on the redevelopment of the former New Walk Centre site, we have an opportunity to make this part of the city centre a real destination for shoppers, visitors and potential investors.”
The Belvoir Street works will be carried out in two phases. The first phase, from Rutland Street to Bowling Green Street, is expected to take around six months.
Various waiting and parking restrictions will be in place, but work will be carried out in sections with clearly signed diversions, to help minimise disruption.
The second phase of work will take place in 2017, and could link with improvements to Welford Place.