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Final stage of Belvoir Street revamp to begin

Published on Thursday, March 30, 2017

THE final stage of a £1.3milllion scheme to transform Leicester’s Belvoir Street will get underway next week.

Contractors will be on site from Monday (3 Apr) to continue work to improve the look of the shopping street, widen pavements and add a cycle lane.

It will extend work already completed on Belvoir Street – from its junctions with Granby Street and Bowling Green Street – through to Welford Place, linking with the improved pedestrian and cycle route along Newarke Street.

Improvements will also be made to Wellington Street. The junction will be remodelled and traffic flow reversed, so that vehicles can turn left into Wellington Street from Belvoir Street. New bays for loading, disabled, pay-and-display and coach parking will be created, and the road will be resurfaced up to its junction with Chatham Street.

Traffic signals will be removed from the Bowling Green Street and Wellington Street junctions

The pavement along Belvoir Street and Welford Place will be finished in buff-coloured bonded gravel, with the cycle lane surfaced in contrasting red asphalt. New granite paving will be laid to link in with the existing footpaths on Market Street, and footways by the Wellington Street/King Street junction will be re-paved in high-quality concrete block.

The work is expected to take around four months to complete and will require road closures. The Wellington Street and King Street junction will be closed to traffic from Monday (3 Apr). Belvoir Street and Welford place will be closed from early-May and this will require some bus routes to be diverted with bus stops temporarily re-located to Charles Street.

All diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This is the final push on the major revamp of Belvoir Street. The scheme has already helped dramatically improved the street's appearance and this final phase of work will extend that on past Market Street. It will also complete the missing link in this important new stretch of cycle lane.

“Along with the exciting new development of the New Walk Centre site, these works will help ensure the area continues to attract shoppers and visitors in years to come.”

Plans to revamp King Street and to link the Belvoir Street and Newarke Street cycle lanes to the new Welford Road cycleway at Marlborough Street are in the final stages of development. These works are currently programmed to begin in late-summer.

The work is part of the Connecting Leicester project, which is helping to create safer and more attractive routes for cyclists and pedestrians, linking the city centre with heritage sites, parks, universities and other key attractions.