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Ravensbridge Drive and A6 Junction to close for six weeks as part of road improvement works

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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A JUNCTION will be closed to traffic for six weeks as part of a major road improvement scheme.

Work is underway at the junction of Ravensbridge Drive, Abbey Gate and the A6 St Margaret’s Way, as part of the latest phase of a project to improve key routes between the city centre and developments on the city’s northwest boundary and beyond.

Since work began on October 1, the junction has only been open to outbound traffic, but from Monday, October 22, the junction of Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way will be completely closed to traffic, reopening at the beginning of December.

The closure is needed to allow an extra eastbound traffic lane to be added, improvements made to the alignment of the junction and the level of the road raised to remove the existing incline.

During the full closure, traffic will still be able to use alternative routes including St Margaret’s Way, Blackbird Road and Woodgate.

Diversions will be signposted and advance warning notices placed on key approaches to the roadworks. Businesses on Ravensbridge Drive will also be able to get access via Abbey Gate.

Work is also taking place at the nearby junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive, where additional lanes are being added to improve traffic flow as part of the same scheme. That junction will remain open.

The latest phase of work is costing £5million, and is part of the wider, six-year, £19million Leicester North West Major Transport Project, which will improve links between the city, key developments such as Ashton Green on the north west of the city, and to the city’s Western bypass, the A46 and A50 corridors.

It is also specifically designed to support the wider £240million redevelopment of the city’s Waterside area, where developers are creating hundreds of new homes, offices and workplaces.

Completed phases of the project include extensive improvements to the A50/Groby Road and nearby roundabouts, and resurfacing on New Parks Way which both took place in summer 2016.

City Highways director at Leicester City Council, Martin Fletcher, said: ‘The works at these two junctions will significantly improve their capacity, with extra lanes added to reduce delays and congestion.

“The level of Ravensbridge Drive, as it comes from St Margaret’s Way, will be raised to reduce the dip and straighten out the alignment, and it has to be closed to allow us to do this.

“The work has been planned in phases to ensure that as much of the route can remain open as long as possible, but it is impossible to carry out this particular phase of work safely without a full road closure.

“Closing it from October 22 gives us a clear six-week window to complete the work before the Christmas moratorium in December, when all major works such as this stop over Christmas.

“The changes will be clearly signposted, along with diversion routes, but we would advise drivers to consider using an alternative route to avoid the area if possible during the closure.

The Leicester North West Major Transport Project is funded by a combination of Government Local Growth Fund (LGF) money, allocated by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and contributions from the city and county councils.

The work is being carried out for the city council by Tarmac Trading Ltd.

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