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Section of A50 to close for major works

Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A STRETCH of one of Leicester’s busiest roads will need to be closed for a few days this Easter to enable resurfacing work to take place.

The work needs to be carried out on the outbound carriageway of the A50 Groby Road, between Garland Crescent and the New Parks Way roundabout. 

Inbound traffic will be able to continue using Groby Road as normal.

The A50 is a key route between the city centre and Gilroes Cemetery, Glenfield Hospital and County Hall. The work is being carried out during the schools’ Easter holidays, when there is usually about 10-15 percent less traffic using the roads.

The road will be closed outbound at the junction of Groby Road and Fosse Road North from the evening of Saturday, April 8, until the morning of Thursday, April 13.

During the Saturday, there will be a single-lane closure between 7am and 1pm, affecting Groby Road outbound along with the side streets of Darlington Road and Mary Road.

The road will be fully closed outbound from 1pm on Saturday, April 8, until 5am on Thursday, April 13.

However, from 5am on Monday, April 10, traffic exiting Heathley Park Drive will be able to turn right towards New Parks Way roundabout following the completion of work along that section of road. 

Through traffic will be diverted outbound along Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Glenfrith Way.

Advance warning signs will also be in place on the inner ring road from Vaughan Way, offering traffic the option of using St Margaret’s Way, Abbey Lane, Red Hill Way and Krefeld Way.

Signs advising motorists of the works will be put in place on nearby roads from a fortnight before, with letters also going out to residents.

Inbound bus services will operate normally throughout the works. During the closure on April 8 and 9, the only outbound bus stop served in the area will be the stop west of Fosse Road junction.

From April 10
the service will once again use the regular bus stops on the route, or nearby replacement temporary stops.

The works are part of ongoing improvements to traffic links between the A46 Western Bypass, the north west of Leicester and the city centre.

The poor condition of the carriageway has been raised locally by ward councillors and residents, including a petition complaining about the noise of traffic using the uneven, damaged road surface.

Essential maintenance work will see the whole road resurfaced to bring it up to standard. The process will involve removing the existing surface to a depth of 50mm, after which repair work can be carried out to various cracks, depressions and damage left by previous old utility company repairs. 

Then the new surface will be installed and new road markings installed, along with the traffic loops embedded in the road surface which help control the traffic lights. 

Leicester City Council’s director of highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “This section of road needs major repairs and resurfacing work, following concerns over its current condition by residents and local councillors.

“It is a key part of the road network between the north west of the city and the city centre, which we are improving as part of a wider multi-million scheme in conjunction with the county council.

“Because we have to completely remove the road surface, repair beneath it and then relay a new road surface, it’s inevitable that we will have to close the lanes affected while the work is being carried out.

“It is being scheduled for the school holidays when there is less traffic, and we’ll be communicating with residents, businesses and bus companies to ensure they know where diversions will be in place, to minimise traffic disruption.”

The scheme is being funded as part of the council’s wider highway maintenance capital programme, which will see over £3.7million invested in road maintenance during 2017/18.

This sum includes the recently-announced additional £856k of Productivity Investment Funding from the Department for Transport. That money is aimed at road schemes such as the A50 works, which are improving the road network to link key growth areas in the city and North West Leicestershire.