Junction works and road widening in Vaughan Way scheme
Published on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
MAJOR roadworks including alternations to a busy junction and carriageway widening are taking place this month as part of the ongoing Vaughan Way scheme.
Works have been underway on parts of Vaughan Way and Great Central Street since January as part of a major redevelopment programme to improve connections between the city centre and a new £50million scheme involving new offices, hotels and public open space.
The latest phases of the work involve carriageway widening on Vaughan Way and major changes to the junction layout with Highcross Street.
On Monday, April 23, major changes will begin on the junction of Vaughan Way and Highcross Street, which are expected to last until June.
During that time Highcross Street will remain open but traffic will not be able to turn left onto Vaughan Way. Instead, motorists will have to take a diversion via Sanvey Gate and St Margaret’s Way.
Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction during the works. The work also involves some overnight lane closures between 7pm and 6am but two lanes will remain open to traffic at all times.
Meanwhile, ongoing carriageway widening works are taking place on Vaughan Way itself.
Work is currently taking place to construct a new lane on the westbound carriageway of Vaughan Way between Causeway Lane and Highcross Street. Again, some overnight lane closures are taking place to minimise traffic disruption.
Roadworks linked to the new developments in Great Central Street will also be completed this month, although the road will no longer be a through route for traffic. It will reopen to pedestrians once the building work is complete.
Traffic wanting to access the site from Vaughan Way will use a new ‘left in, left out’ layout – turning left off the ring road to enter Great Central Street, and exiting by turning left from Great Central Street onto Vaughan Way.
The road works are all part of an extensive investment and redevelopment scheme by developers Charles Street Buildings.
The scheme involves refurbishing and bringing back into commercial use the former Great Central Station as part of a wider £50million development of the Waterside area, including two new hotels, the creation of 35,000 sq ft of new office space and a new public realm open area, on the former Stibbe site on between Great Central Street and Vaughan Way.
It will also incorporate a new ‘super-crossing’ across Vaughan Way itself, improving connectivity between the city centre, the new developments and the city’s Waterside area.
That stage of work is due to get underway in June.
Leicester City Council is contributing £2.4million towards the highway work as part of the Connecting Leicester programme.
For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/vaughanway
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