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Funding boost for city road improvements

Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

OVER £850,000 of new Government money will be invested in major road maintenance on key routes in Leicester over the next 12 months.

Leicester City Council has been awarded £856,000 from the Department for Transport’s £185milllion National Productivity Investment Fund, which aims to help improve local road networks and public transport.

The funding will pay for carriageway repairs and resurfacing on some of Leicester’s busiest roads and help improve the road network linking key growth areas in the city and North West Leicestershire.

Planned works include a £130,000 scheme to resurface a stretch of the outbound carriageway on the A50 Groby Road, between Garland Crescent and New Parks Way roundabout.  Work will be carried out during the schools’ Easter holiday, when there is usually around 10-15 percent less traffic.

The New Parks Way stretch of the A563 Outer Ring Road – between Glenfield Road and Hinckley Road – will benefit from £400,000 of investment in reconstructive maintenance and resurfacing.  Work is scheduled to take place over two weeks in the schools’ summer holidays.

The Redhill Way stretch of the Outer Ring Road will also benefit from a £30,000 programme of resurfacing.

A further £296,000 from the Productivity Investment Fund will support the council’s ongoing reconstruction programme to improve concrete roads and failing carriageways in industrial estates and on busy bus routes.

Martin Fletcher, highways director at Leicester City Council, said: "The additional £856,000 from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund will support major carriageway maintenance programmes on key routes around and into the city.

“This includes over £400,000 for reconstructive maintenance to the A563 Leicester Outer Ring Road, which also serves as the main diversion route for M1 road closures between junction 21 and 22.

“The new funding will support Local Growth Funded works to improve the efficiency of the road network linking key growth areas in the city and north-west of Leicestershire."

The works being funded through the National Productivity Investment Fund are part of Leicester City Council’s wider highway maintenance capital programme, which will see over £3.7million invested in road maintenance during 2017/18.