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Major improvement scheme to begin on London Road

Published on Monday, October 1, 2018

WORK on a major transformation of Leicester’s busy London Road will get under way later this month.

Leicester City Council is set to revamp the route between Granby Street and Mayfield Road roundabout as part of £3.9milllion scheme to create a safer and more attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians.

The work will be carried in phases to help minimise disruption to local businesses, traffic and other road users.

From Monday, 15 October, the outbound bus lane between Conduit Street and Evington Road will be permanently taken out of use and work will begin to construct a new cycle lane and improved pavement on this side of the road.

The new cycle lane will feature a raised kerb alongside the main road to offer more protection to cyclists and help prevent illegal parking on the cycle lane.

This will also see the construction of ‘Dutch-style’ bus stop bays similar to those constructed on Welford Road. These will channel cyclists behind the shelters, helping to improve safety for all road users.

Some off-peak lane restrictions may be required while this work is carried out, but two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the busy peak periods to help minimise delays.

There will no changes to bus services during this first phase of works, and any bus stops that need to be moved will be relocated to nearby temporary stops.

This work will halt from Saturday 1 December, when all non-emergency roadworks in the city are suspended as part of the Christmas moratorium. Work will then transfer to the installation of the new cycle path between the trees along the London Road edge of Victoria Park.

The main works on London Road will recommence from Monday 7 January and are expected to continue to late-summer 2019. Details of future phases of work will be publicised nearer the time.

These will include the new cycle lanes and improved pavements continuing in front of the railway station, where a new bus-only lane will also be created. This will be camera enforced.

Side roads will be raised to pavement level at their junctions with London Road. This will help give priority to pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic signals schemes at major junctions will also be revamped to give cyclists a head-start and reduce conflict with traffic turning left.

The major scheme is part of the wider Connecting Leicester programme, which is improving routes into and through the city centre and helping to make it more attractive to residents, visitors, businesses, investors and developers.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This important scheme represents a major investment in the London Road area and in our commitment to making Leicester a people-friendly city.

“By reallocating a small amount of road space, we will be able to introduce dedicated off-road cycle lanes, better bus stops, improved road crossings and wide, high quality pavements. This will help create a much a safer and more appealing route for cyclists and pedestrians without compromising this busy route for other road users. It also allows us to introduce some ambitious improvements around the important public transport interchange at the railway station.

“Of course, a project of this scale cannot be completed without some disruption to traffic but the project team will be working hard to keep this to a minimum.”

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and public health, said: “The London Road improvements will be a vital part of our plans to get more people walking, cycling and travelling by bus.

“We want to see the number of people that feel confident to cycle daily continue to grow in the city and providing the right infrastructure is a vital part of achieving that.”

The scheme has been developed with input from local bus companies and user groups, city cycling groups and the family of cyclist Sam Boulton, who was tragically killed in an accident outside the railway station.

Leicester City Council also sought expert guidance from international ‘Healthy Streets’ expert Brian Deegan, one of the main authors of Transport for London’s cycling design standards.

The work is being carried on behalf of the city council by Eurovia, one of the world’s leading transport infrastructure construction and development companies.

For more information and regular update about the London Road improvement scheme visit www.leicester.gov.uk/londonroad