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Reminder for motorists over traffic disruption on Vaughan Way

Published on Friday, January 5, 2018

MOTORISTS are being reminded to expect traffic disruption at Vaughan Way and Great Central Street from next week as two major redevelopment projects get underway.


The inside lane of the Vaughan Way slip road will be closed between Holy Bones and Great Central Street from Monday, January 8, to Wednesday, March 7, at off-peak times between 9.30am and 3.30pm, and also overnight from 7pm to 6am.


The exit from the Southgates underpass will not be affected. Through-traffic will still be able to use Great Central Street, although the footway will be closed to pedestrians while utility works and other preparations are underway.


The closure is part of preparatory work by developer Charles Street Buildings, as part of a scheme to create a new pedestrian and cycle ‘super-crossing’ at Vaughan Way, along with a £50million hotel, office space and public realm development around the former Great Central Station site.


Great Central Street will eventually be closed to through-traffic, although access to local businesses and the new car park for the development will remain. The super-crossing works at Vaughan Way itself will begin later in spring 2018.


At the junction of Highcross Street and Vaughan Way, developers Sowden are starting work nearby on a separate £43million new apartment complex scheme, and the works are also likely to cause traffic disruption.


From Monday, January 8, to Friday, January 19 (excluding weekends), the footpath along Vaughan Way between Highcross Street and the John Lewis car park will be closed for water main, utilities and other work related to that project.


Between January 22 and 26, the footpath along Highcross Street, between Vaughan Way and All Saints Church will also be closed.


Then from January 15 onwards, the inside lane of Vaughan Way from Highcross Street to the John Lewis car park will be closed to traffic and pedestrians at night, between 7.30pm and 5.30am, for up to four weeks.


Leicester City Council’s director of city highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “Work is now beginning on these two major development schemes, which means traffic disruption is inevitable.


“There will be some single-lane closures at off-peak times in Vaughan Way, which will lead to additional congestion, and we would advise people to consider using an alternative route where possible.


“We are working hard to ensure the programme of works will be completed in the shortest possible time, as well as ensuring noise from late-night working is kept to a minimum.


“We are working with nearby residents and businesses to keep them up to date with issues such as disruption and noise from the works.”


Signs advising motorists of the roadworks are in place on main routes in the area.


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.


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 August 2019.


The Charles Street Buildings Scheme is being carried out by contractors Morgan Sindall, while the Sowden scheme is being done by contractors Winvic.


Highways works on both schemes are being carried out by Danaher & Walsh.


Leicester City Council is contributing £2.4million towards highway works for the Charles Street Buildings scheme as part of its Connecting Leicester works, to improve connectivity between the city centre, the new developments and the city’s Waterside area.


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