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Section of Evington Road to close for power cable works

Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A SECTION of Evington Road will close to traffic over the school half-term holidays while a power distribution company installs new underground cables.

Western Power Distribution is carrying out work to relocate an electricity substation and 500 metres of underground electrical cables, which means a partial closure of Evington Road itself.

From Saturday, October 15, Evington Road will be closed for four days to eastbound traffic coming from London Road or Granville Road, for works taking place near its junction with London Road.

A clearly signed diversion will take traffic via Mayfield Road and Beckingham Road.

The road closure is due to end by mid afternoon on Tuesday, October 18, to ensure free movement of traffic for the Leicester v Copenhagen Champions League match taking place in the King Power Stadium later that evening.

Additional work to install a new substation on Evington Road will take place for a further two weeks, but won’t affect traffic.

Leicester City Council’s head of highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “This section of Evington Road is part of a busy junction with London Road, so we’re making sure that these works by Western Power Distribution are clearly signposted. 

“By allowing these works to be carried out from the start of the half-term holidays, they will be finished in time for the football match taking place next Tuesday.

“Our Area Traffic Control staff will be watching closely the junction between Evington Road and London Road to ensure we can respond quickly to any problems which do arise.” 

Western Power Distribution has also sent letters out to all residents affected by the works. 

Western Power’s Leicester city team manager, Neil Barratt, added: “Our aim is to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum, and we have been liaising with Leicester City Council Highways Department to agree on a cable route which creates the least disruption for traffic flow in the area.

“We have arranged to carry out the work during the school holidays, when traffic flow is expected to be lower, and we have written to home owners and businesses along the route to advise them of the work. We have also been in touch with the local bus companies about our plans."