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Work due to begin on improving two major city junctions

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

TWO major city junctions are to be improved as part of a £5 million traffic scheme beginning next month.

Work is due to take place at the junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive, and also further along at the junction of Ravensbridge Drive, Abbey Gate and the A6 St Margaret’s Way.

At the junction of Blackbird Road/Anstey Lane/Ravensbridge Drive, an additional right turn lane will be provided from Blackbird Road northbound into Ravensbridge Drive eastbound, and an additional lane added from Ravensbridge Drive westbound into Blackbird Road southbound to improve traffic flow and increase capacity.

The junction will remain open to traffic throughout the works, although there will be some off-peak lane closures and right-turn restrictions, as well as work during both the day and night. The work is due to begin on October 1 and should be completed by the end of July 2019.

Further along Ravensbridge Drive, improvements are also being made to its junction with Abbey Gate and 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.

The work also means that from October 1 to February 2019, Ravensbridge Drive will temporarily become one way, allowing outbound traffic to continue to exit from St Margaret’s Way. City-bound traffic will be able to use a well-signposted diversion along Blackbird Road to St Margaret’s Way.

During that period, a complete six-week closure of the Ravensbridge Drive/St Margaret’s Way junction will be needed for remodelling and resurfacing of the junction.

The exact dates of the closure will be planned to fit in around other nearby roadworks, but will be publicised in advance nearer the time.

During the closure, premises on Ravensbridge Drive will still be able to gain access via a one-way system taking traffic along Woodgate and Abbey Gate.

Both sets of junction works are part of Leicester City Council’s Leicester North West Major Transport Project, which is improving connections to the new developments in the north and western sides of the city, and to the A46 and A50 corridors.

The work is being carried out by Tarmac Trading Ltd.

Information is being sent out to residents and businesses near both junctions, to ensure they are kept up to date with the works and the traffic management arrangements. Tarmac staff will also be sited at their compound offices.

Leicester’s director of city highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “These works will significantly improve these two important junctions which are currently constraints on what is a key commuter route in from the north west of the city.

“The result will greatly improved connectivity in the city and help support the economic growth linked to the developments underway around the A46 and A50 corridors.

“Work is being carefully carried out in phases and wherever possible at times which mean the least disruption to traffic flow on this busy route.”

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