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Safety improvement works get underway at Spencefield Lane

Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Road closure sign in street

WORK has begun on improving safety on a busy stretch of road outside two major city schools.

Improvements got underway on Monday, July 9, at a section of Spencefield Lane, in Evington Village, to install pedestrian refuges to make it easier and safer to cross the road, reduce traffic speeds and deter dangerous parking outside the school entrance.

The work follows local calls to improve road safety and crossing facilities after a number of accidents in the area.

Two pedestrian refuges are being installed either side of the shared entrance to Krishna Avanti and St Paul’s Catholic schools.

Dropped kerbs and tactile paving for the scheme are being installed this week at the crossing points. The refuges, which are big enough for pushchairs, mean people are able to cross the road in two stages rather than in one go.

Then starting on July 14, Spencefield Lane will close to all traffic between Downing Drive and Welland Vale Road for the refuges themselves to be installed. It reopens on July 28.

Local residents have been informed of the work in order to ensure access to properties. During the closure, well-signposted diversions will use Downing Drive, Whitehall Road, Goodwood Road, Welland Vale Road and Uppingham Road.

The work is costing £72,000 in total.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The headteachers of both Krishna Avanti and St Paul’s were instrumental in calling for action to improve safety of this stretch of road, as was the local MP Keith Vaz.

“In the original traffic counts and surveys that we carried out, there was no obvious location which people used to cross the road which could be considered for a pelican crossing.

“However, these refuges are a very good alternative, which are close to the school entrance, and which will help pupils travelling in either direction to cross more easily, stopping safely on the refuge if needed.”

Preparation work is being carried out on the pavements and kerbs this week, but the main works will begin on the weekend under a road closure, once the school term has ended.”