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Improvements due at major city road junctions

Published on Thursday, May 17, 2018

Extensive improvements are due to be made to the busy junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive, and also at the nearby junction of Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way.

The works are planned as the latest phase of the Leicester North West Major Transport Project, which is improving capacity on major routes, roundabouts and junctions connecting the north west of the city to the city centre, to accommodate future traffic levels from new housing and business developments, as well as making them more pedestrian and cycle-friendly.

Exact start dates for the work have yet to be finalised, and will involve coordinating any road closures around the completion of ongoing road schemes already taking place elsewhere in the city.

Planned works at the Ravensbridge Drive/St Margaret’s Way junction will involve a full road closure to allow the carriageway level to be built up to remove the existing dip in the road, improving visibility for road users.

An extra lane will be added on the approach to the junction to increase capacity, signals will be renewed and footpaths resurfaced, with landscaping and tree planting.

Major works at the junction of Blackbird Road/Anstey Lane/Ravensbridge Drive would include installing an extra right turn lane leading from Blackbird Road into Ravensbridge Drive, and a third lane will be installed on Ravensbridge Drive itself on the outbound approach to the junction.

An extra outbound lane will also be installed on Anstey Lane for a length of about 50 metres, to help increase highway capacity.

The work will involve removing 19 trees from the two junctions, which will be replaced on a two-for-one basis, with 19 trees replaced onsite and a further 19 planted elsewhere.

The latest planned phase of the Leicester North West Major Transport Project is subject to approval by the Leicester and Leicestershire Transport Board (LLTB), which is due to meet on Thursday, May 24.

The LLTB comprises the city and county councils along with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, to oversee devolved government funding for such projects.

The improvement scheme is being funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, with contributions from the city council’s 2018/19 capital programme. The estimated cost of this phase of work is £5m, as part of the whole £19.1million, six-year Leicester North West Major Transport Project.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “With the development of a new city neighbourhood in which to live and work well underway in the Waterside area of the city, the need for a road network able to support ongoing regeneration and economic growth is clear.

“The Leicester North West Major Transport Project is also vital in improving transport links between the city centre and key development areas on the north and west edge of the city, around the A50, the A6 and the A46 corridor.

“We have yet to finalise at starting date for these works, as they are dependant on coordination with other works on nearby routes, such as Loughborough Road and Vaughan Way.”

The first phase of the Leicester North West Major Transport Project was completed in July 2016, and saw improvements to the A50 County Hall roundabout, the A50 New Parks Way roundabout and the junction of the A563 with Aikman Avenue, as well as new cycleways on Groby Road.