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Work underway on latest phase of Leicester North West Major Transport Project

Published on Thursday, October 4, 2018

THE latest phase of a £19million traffic improvement scheme is underway.

Work has begun at the junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive, and also at the junction of Ravensbridge Drive, Abbey Gate and the A6 St Margaret’s Way.

The latest phase of work is costing £5million and will involve creating additional lanes to improve traffic flow at the junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive, as well as improving the layout and resurfacing the junction of Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way.

The works are the latest phases of the 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 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 Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Leicester North West Major Transport Project is a far-reaching scheme to ensure that the roads, junctions and roundabouts on these key routes into the north west of the city are suitable for the predicted growth and additional traffic over the coming decades, linked to the important ongoing developments in that corner of the city.

“The work has already seen huge improvements to the A50 and roundabouts on the stretch near County Hall in Glenfield, as well as improvements on the outer ring road at New Parks.

“There is also a long-standing commitment to improve the road layout of the Fiveways junction, which is one of the most confusing junctions for drivers in the city.

“The latest works to Ravensbridge Drive, Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and St Margaret’s Way are a key part of improving that route.

“It is a major investment, and will contribute to ensuring that whole route able to accommodate traffic demands for decades to come.”

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 Government’s Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, added: “This Government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Midlands Engine area and building a Britain fit for the future.

“The area covered by the LLEP is one of the top areas with the highest proportion of fast-growing firms in England. Our £16.2 million investment will help accelerate further valuable investment and support new jobs for local people.”

The works at the Blackbird Road/Anstey Lane/Ravensbridge Drive junction will see traffic continuing to use the route as normal, although there will be some off-peak lane closures and right-turn restrictions.

This work should be completed by the end of June 2019, pausing over the busy Christmas and New Year period under the council’s traditional moratorium.

Further along at the Ravensbridge Drive/Abbey Gate/St Margaret’s Way junction, Ravensbridge Drive will temporarily become one-way outbound to allow traffic to exit St Margaret’s Way.

An extra eastbound lane will be added, the alignment of the junction improved and the level of the road raised to remove a incline. It will be carried out in phases to enable traffic to continue using it for as long as possible.

A six-week closure of that junction is due from October 26 through to the beginning of December, during which a signposted traffic diversion will be in place for local traffic.

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

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