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Resurfacing work to take place at Pork Pie Island

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

URGENT resurfacing work is due to take place at a busy roundabout on Leicester’s ring road over two weekends.

Repairs will be made to the carriageway at Pork Pie Island, where the city’s outer ring road meets Saffron Lane and other key city routes, and where the road surface is in very poor condition.

The roundabout is one of the busiest sections of road in the city, with more than 30,000 vehicles using it each day.

Work is scheduled to take place over two weekends, with a number of road closures and diversions put in place, although a contraflow will keep traffic moving in both directions throughout.

The work is costing £170,000, and is being phased over two different weekends to avoid clashes with major rugby and football fixtures.

The first phase of work, on the north side of the roundabout, will take place between 6am on Saturday, October 20, and 11pm on Sunday, October 21.

Drivers will be able to continue through Pork Pie Island on a contraflow, but won’t be able to enter or exit the roundabout on routes from the northern side, including Wigston Lane or Saffron Lane.

Motorists wanting to join the ring road from those routes will instead be diverted along Aylestone Road or Welford Road.

The second phase of work, concentrating on the southern side of the roundabout, is due to be carried out on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18.

Again a contraflow will allow traffic to continue to us the ring road and roundabout, but entry and exit to the routes on the southern side, including Stonesby Avenue and the southerly section of Saffron Lane, will not be possible.

Traffic wanting to access routes to the south of Pork Pie roundabout will be able to do so via Welford Road, Wigston and South Wigston.

All local diversions will be clearly signposted.

City Highways director at Leicester City Council, Martin Fletcher, said: “Pork Pie Island is a very busy part of the city’s road network, and the impact of tens of thousands of vehicles using it every day means the road surface is in very poor condition.

“We will ensure that the ring road stays open in both directions throughout the work, and given that it’s such a vital part of the road network, we are having to carry out these repairs in two phases.

“Access to and from the roads off the roundabout will be affected during each of the two-day closures, so drivers will be warned well in advance on the approaches to the roundabout, with clearly signposted diversions in place.

“It will inevitably cause some disruption, which is why we are carrying out the first stage during the city’s school half term holidays when there is less traffic.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the ring road remains open and traffic keeps moving, but drivers who can use an alternative route should do so while the works are underway.”

Details of all traffic and travel are available from Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control on Twitter on @ATCLeicester