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Public exhibition will detail Vaughan Way redevelopments

Published on Monday, February 5, 2018

Highcross Leicester is hosting a public exhibition on Wednesday, February 7, highlighting the extensive works taking place on and near Vaughan Way, as part of a major city centre redevelopment scheme by Charles Street Buildings.


The scheme, which was granted planning permission in October 2017, involves refurbishing and bringing back into commercial use the former Great Central Station as part of a wider £50million development 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.


Preparatory work is already ongoing in Great Central Street, which will eventually be closed to through traffic, although access to local businesses and the new car park for the development will remain.


The scheme also involves the creation of a new ‘super-crossing’ across Vaughan Way itself, improving connectivity between the city centre, the new developments and the city’s Waterside area. 


That work on which is due to get underway later in February, and Leicester City Council is contributing £2.4million towards the highway work as part of the Connecting Leicester programme. .


The exhibition will take place on Wednesday, February 7, from 1pm to  6pm, at the former Regis Hairstylists unit (opposite the Post Office in Highcross Leicester), close to its High Street entrance.


Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, which is delivering the highway improvements, will be on hand to give information and answer questions on the highway works. 


Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Charles Street Buildings scheme will deliver a significant investment and the redevelopment of an important city centre site, which has remained vacant for many years.


“I am also delighted that the scheme includes the refurbishment of the former Great Central Railway Station building. The new super crossing at Vaughan Way will also greatly improve connectivity to this area and the wider Waterside area.


“It is a very comprehensive development project, and this exhibition is a good opportunity to see the implications for the affected roads.


“The city council and contractors Morgan Sindall have been keeping local residents and businesses updated on the scope of the works, but this exhibition sets out the scheme in a very clear and helpful way.”


To date the work has involved a number of temporary lane and footway closures to allow for preparatory works.


Signs advising motorists of the roadworks have been in place since early in the new year.


The whole programme of highway works, including the main super-crossing works in Vaughan Way, is due to take place over 35 weeks in total, and be completed by November 2018.


The off-road parts of the redevelopments at Great Central Street and Vaughan Way, which won’t affect traffic, will continue for another 50 weeks afterwards, finishing in late summer 2019.


Traffic and travel updates will also be posted by the city council’s Area Traffic Control service on @ATCLeicester/com