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New crossing set for Gleneagles Avenue

Published on Monday, August 6, 2018

A NEW toucan crossing is due to be installed over the summer for pupils at a city school to cross the road safely.

The crossing is being put in place at Gleneagles Avenue, near its junction with Peebles Way, to serve pupils at nearby Soar Valley College.

Work will take place between Sunday, August 12, and Friday, August 24.

The road will be closed to two-way traffic on Sunday, August 12, from 7am to 4pm, for gulleys and ducts to be installed. It will close again on Sunday, August 19, from 7am to 6pm, for resurfacing work and road markings to be applied. On both days, local diversions will be clearly signposted.

During the Sunday closures, the First Bus service 22 will travel along Barkby Road/Troon Way and into Nicholas Road, and vice versa, rather than travelling to Gleneagles Avenue.

The Arriva bus service in and out of the city from Melton Road will not be affected. Notices of the changes will be at bus stops along Gleneagles Avenue.

During the rest of the scheme, there will be works on the verge and carriageways, with traffic controlled by temporary two-way traffic lights. Pedestrian access to nearby properties will continue throughout the works.

The new crossing is being installed as part of Leicester City Council’s school parking run programme. Planning conditions linked to a recent expansion of the college included providing a toucan crossing, while traffic surveys carried out at the site have confirmed the need for a safe crossing point for pupils as well as local residents and businesses.

The scheme is costing about £75,000, and is due to be in place in time for the start of the autumn term.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said:“We’ve already done some preliminary work to improve safety, including better road markings, new signs and bollards, and new school ‘keep clear’ markings at Gleneagles Avenue.

“But the recent traffic surveys have also given us a clearer indication of where a crossing would best serve both pupils and local residents.

“The toucan crossing will help both cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road safely.”

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