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Work on Vaughan Way supercrossing nears completion

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Traffic on Vaughan Way in city centre

WORK on a new ‘supercrossing’ spanning Vaughan Way to connect the city centre to the new multimillion pound Waterside developments is nearing completion.

Major highway improvements have been underway on the section of Vaughan Way between St Nicholas Circle and Causeway Lane since earlier in the year as part of a major redevelopment project.

Now the final phase of resurfacing work – to create a new ‘supercrossing across Vaughan Way – is due to take place next week during five overnight road closures.

The section of Vaughan Way between St Nicholas Circle and Causeway Lane will be closed to anti-clockwise (southbound) traffic between 7pm and 5am, starting on Monday, September 17 and reopening on the morning of Saturday, September 22.

The diversion will see traffic using St Margaret’s Way, Sanvey Gate, Frog Island, Fosse Road North and King Richards Road before rejoining the ring road at St Nicholas Circle.

During the overnight closure period, outbound bus services will run from Haymarket Bus Station along Charles Street, Rutland Street, Belvoir Street, Welford Place, Welford Road, Carlton Street, Oxford Street, Southgates and St Nicholas Circle.

Leicester City Council’s director of city highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “The creation of the supercrossing will be the last major phase of roadworks for this scheme, and we are due to finish on schedule in October.

“The finished result will create a much-improved connection between the busy city centre and the new multimillion pound developments underway around Great Central Street and the corner of Highcross Street.

“We’ve managed to keep disruption to a minimum so far by only closing the route at night, and we’ll be doing the same thing again for this final phase.

“As before, we’ve been keeping in contact with businesses, residents and bus companies to ensure they are aware of the work and the relevant diversions.”

There were no closures in the week commencing Monday, September 10, in part to accommodate the extra traffic for the England V Switzerland FIFA match on September 11.

Schemes are currently well underway by developers Charles Street Buildings to refurbish and bring back into commercial use the former Great Central Station, as part of a wider £50million development including two new hotels, the creation of 35,000 sq ft of new office space and a new public realm open area, on the former Stibbe site on between Great Central Street and Vaughan Way.

A separate development by the Sowden Group is also underway at the nearby Winvic site, creating a major new apartment block.

Leicester City Council is contributing £2.4million towards the highway work as part of its Connecting Leicester programme.

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