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Roadwork schemes to take place over school holidays

Published on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A NUMBER of roads across Leicester roads are due to be closed temporarily during the school half-term holidays for repair and resurfacing work.

Work will be taking place in three main areas over the coming two weeks:

Saffron Lane, in Aylestone

Heacham Drive, in Beaumont Leys

Glenfield Road/Glenfield Road East, in New Parks/ West End 

Leicester City Council needs to carry out repair works during the school holidays, when there is less traffic on the roads.

In the south of the city, work will be carried out on a section of Saffron Lane between Copinger Road up to and including the Heathcott Road junction.

It will take place from Sunday, October 15, to late evening on Wednesday, October 18, and will mean Saffron Lane is closed to outbound traffic. All inbound traffic will continue as normal.

Clearly-signposted diversions will be put in place, along with some local parking restrictions.

Saffron Lane will re-open briefly to two-way traffic on the evening of Monday, October 16, to accommodate the extra traffic expected for the Leicester City V West Bromwich match at the King Power Stadium. 

The work at Saffron Lane will cost about £110,000 and will see 3,830 square metres of carriageway resurfaced.

Meanwhile, in the north of the city, Heacham Drive will need urgent reconstruction work to repair areas of broken concrete road surface, outside house numbers 85 to 95.  The work will involve removing the existing surface, filling in base materials and resurfacing the road.

The work will take five days from Monday, October 16, to Saturday, October 21, and will see the road closed to all through traffic during that time. Pedestrian access will remain and traffic marshals will be on hand to assist traffic flow.

There will also be some parking restrictions in place nearby to enable bus services to pass. The Heacham Road works will cost about £70,000.

In the west of the city, maintenance work to a crossing will see an inbound closure of Glenfield Road, between New Parks Way and Letchworth Road, during off-peak times (9.30am to 3pm) from October 15 to 19.

A set of ongoing works at traffic signals on Glenfield Road East, at the junction of King Richards Road, runs from October 9 to 17. It will involve an outbound bus lane closure at first, followed by an inbound closure from October 13.

Leicester City Council’s City Highways director, Martin Fletcher, said: “All these roads need work, and we always try to carry this out during the school holidays when there is usually 10-15 percent less traffic on the roads. 

“We understand that the works will disrupt people who live nearby and motorists who rely on these routes, but the work has to be carried out.

“Diversion signs will be in place, and traffic marshals will be on site where residents and businesses are affected by the works.

“I would just remind people to take a moment to plan an alternative route during these works, and allow extra journey time.”

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