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Council acts on London Road safety concerns

Published on Monday, November 21, 2016

NEW rules to prohibit car drivers stopping outside Leicester Railway Station have been introduced to address safety concerns following the tragic death of cyclist Sam Boulton.

Leicester City Council has extended existing bus stop clearways outside the railway station to cover a longer stretch of London Road, from its junction with Station Road to just before Conduit Street

This will effectively ban all vehicles, with the exception of buses and hackney cabs, from stopping outside the railway station.

The area had previously been subject to parking and loading restriction but drivers were permitted to stop on double-yellow lines to drop off and pick up passengers.

By extending the bus stop clearway restrictions, it will be easier for the council to clamp down on dangerous parking outside the railway station.

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, councils can enforce traffic restriction in a designated bus stop clearway. This means that drivers of any prohibited vehicle found stopping in the designated area, including private hire cars, could face a £70 fine. The current rules mean that hackney cabs are treated the same as buses, and will be permitted to stop in the clearway.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “The tragic death of Sam Boulton has understandably raised concerns about the safety of cyclists along this busy stretch of road.

“By making these improvements to the area in front of the railway station we can help regulate traffic activity, reduce the risk of car doors being opened into moving traffic and provide more certainty to other road users passing the railway station.

“This is a measure that we can implement now, but our ambitions to transform London Road with a safer route for cyclists and pedestrians, from Victoria Park to the city centre, are still very much a priority.”

The newly extended bus stop clearway will initially be monitored by civil enforcement officers, but the possibility of introducing camera enforcement is being explored.