Traffic disruption expected in city centre for football tribute procession
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2018
VISITORS to Leicester are being advised to allow more time for their journeys due to likely traffic disruption caused by a procession of football fans through the city centre this weekend.
Fans have organised a memorial procession from Jubilee Square to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, November 10, in tribute to LCFC’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died along with four other people just over a week ago in a tragic helicopter crash just outside the stadium.
Leicester City Council is being supported by Leicestershire Police, the emergency services and other organisations to enable the procession to take place safely.
It means a number of roads along the route will need to be closed to traffic for a period of time for the procession, which is potentially expected to attract up to 20,000 people.
People taking part in the procession can join at any point within the city centre along High Street down to Jubilee Square.
St Nicholas Place outside Hotel Maiyango will be closed to traffic from about 9am, to facilitate safely the large numbers of people expected to gather in the area. There may also be a need to close St Nicholas Circle to ensure public safety depending on the numbers who turn up on the day.
The procession is expected to set off at about 12.45pm, following a route towards De Montfort University campus and along the riverside on its way to the King Power Stadium, in time for fans to pay their respects before the 3pm kick off at the match against Burnley, the team’s first home game since the tragedy.
The route will also mean the temporary closure of the Swan Bridge Gyratory roundabout and the junction with Upperton Road and Walnut Street – the site of the replica Statue of Liberty – to allow the procession to cross into Raw Dykes Road on its way to the King Power Stadium.
Traffic will not be able to use the route from about 1pm to 2.30pm while the procession passes.
Public transport and Park and Ride services into the city will continue to operate, but if necessary may use alternative city centre stops to avoid the road closures, and passengers are advised to allow more time for their journeys in case of disruption.
Representatives from bus companies and the city council will be at affected bus stops to advise passengers of any changes.
Leicester City Council’s director of City Highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “Although this event has been organised independently, the city council, police and football club are working together to ensure it can take place safely.
“That includes traffic management and crowd marshalling on the day, as well as closing roads along the route to ensure that people who want to take part in the procession can do so safely.
“We don’t know the exact numbers who will turn up, but we are planning for a large crowd of people, many of whom will be ticket holders to the match itself, and others who simply want to take part in the procession.
“Traffic marshals will be along the route ensuring the crowds move safely towards the stadium, in enough time for fans to pay their respects before the match begins.”
City centre car parks will be operating as normal, with Saffron Lane Athletics Track opening as usual for match day parking.
The procession coincides with open days at both De Montfort University and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth II College. Visitors to these events should also consider the likelihood of traffic delays while the procession is underway.
More details are available at: www.leicester.gov.uk/memorialwalk
Traffic and travel updates will be available from Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control on Twitter at @ATCLeicester