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Traffic advice over Glenfield protest march in city

Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PEOPLE coming into Leicester this Saturday are being warned to expect traffic delays and parking disruption due to a planned protest march taking place in the city centre. 

Protestors opposed to the closure of the specialist children’s heart unit at Glenfield Hospital are planning to march on Saturday, February 11, on a route from Victoria Park to the city centre.

They procession will set off from the junction of Granville Road and Regent Road at about 12pm and will head down London Road, Waterloo Way, along Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates and High Street, before arriving at Jubilee Square for a rally at 12.45pm.

In order for the marchers to protest safely, rolling road closures will be in place along the route from 12pm to 1pm.

The rolling road closures will affect Granville Road, London Road (city-bound) between Granville Road and Waterloo Way, and Waterloo Way between St Georges Way and Regent Road.

In the city centre itself, the rolling road closures will affect Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates, High Street and St Nicholas Place between 12pm and 1pm.

Parking will also be suspended on London Road (in-bound) while the protest march takes place.

Advance warning signs are already in place advising drivers to use alternative routes on the day of the protest.

Leicester City Council has been working with the protest organisers to arrange suitable traffic and travel arrangements, to help enable a peaceful protest and to keep the procession on the move along its agreed route.

The protest takes the same route as an earlier march in October 2016.

City Highways Director Martin Fletcher, said: “We saw a large turnout at the march in October, and we are expecting a similar number for this event, as the closure of the children’s heart unit is something that a lot of local people feel strongly about.

“As a council we have a duty to enable demonstrations like this to take place safely, which in this case means a series of road closures while the protestors march through the city.”

Next week, there is another opportunity for members of the public to back the campaign to save the children’s heart unit at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.

A giant Valentine’s card will be set up in the Haymarket shopping centre on Tuesday (February 14), giving shoppers the chance to sign their names to show their love for the unit.

The 180cm x 120cm card will be in the shopping centre from 10.30am until 4pm on Valentine’s Day.