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Connecting Leicester scheme wins national award

Published on Friday, October 14, 2016

LEICESTER has won a prestigious national award for its Connecting Leicester scheme.

The city council project, which aims to create better cycling and pedestrian links between the city centre and major sites for history and tourism, came first in the Excellence in Cycling and Walking category of the National Transport Awards.

Leicester City Council beat six other shortlisted local authorities, including Transport for London, to win the award.

Connecting Leicester is a multi-million pound package of public realm investment to create better links between the city centre and other key parts of the city centre.

Schemes completed as part of the Connecting Leicester works were Jubilee Square and nearby Old Town Street; the resurfacing and improvements at nearby Applegate; the introduction of two-way cycle lanes at Newarke Street, Southgates and Welford Road, and improvements for pedestrians and cyclists around St Nichols Circle.

Ongoing projects include improvements to Belvoir Street and Marble Street, with future schemes planned for London Road and in the Old Town area of the city centre.

The project was first announced by City Mayor Peter Soulsby in 2012.

He said: “Connecting Leicester is helping make dramatic improvements to the city, and it is great that this work continues to attract national, and indeed international, interest and recognition.

“Encouraging safer walking and cycling, and creating more attractive routes between Leicester’s many attractions, has obvious benefits for the city.

“I am very proud that our ambitious Connecting Leicester vision has been recognised with this national award.”

The National Transport Awards scheme is run by Transport Times, a leading national transport journal.