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Two new one-way-systems to come into effect in residential streets

Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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TWO new one-way systems are being introduced in communities where residents have called for action to tackle rat-running, congestion and parking problems.

Leicester City Council is set to bring in the two new schemes at Asfordby Street, Spinney Hills, and at Doncaster Road, Belgrave, which will come into effect later this month.

Works have already taken place installing signs and lines for the schemes, following work with residents in the areas who had called for measures to make the streets safer.

The Asfordby Street scheme, which is due to come into effect on Monday, August 19, will see the existing one-way rules extended on a number of roads.

The entire length of Asfordby Street between Green Lane Road and St Saviour’s Road will now be one-way southbound. Nearby Baggrave Road will also be made one-way northbound for its whole length, between Nottingham Road and Green Lane Road.

Similarly, Rolleston Street will become one-way southbound between Green Lane Road and Nottingham Road, while Leicester Street will become one-way between East Park Road and Rolleston Street, travelling northwest.

Bridge Road, between Leicester Street and Green Lane Road, now becomes one-way in a northerly direction, along with Harewood Street from Green Lane Road to Humberstone Road.

Thurlby Road also becomes one-way southbound from Fernie Road to Green Lane Road, and a section of Wood Hill will become one-way westbound from Rolleston Street to its junction with Baggrave Street.

The second scheme, in Belgrave, will see Doncaster Road between Glendon Street and Melton Road become one-way in a north-westerly direction. Nearby Halkin Street will become one way for its whole length, from Melton Road to its junction with Glendon Street, travelling in a south-easterly direction. 

In addition, Melrose Street becomes one-way in a south-easterly direction from its junction with Harrison Road to its junction with Glendon Street.

Both schemes are due to come into effect at the end of August.

The Doncaster Road scheme will cost about £30,000, with the Asfordby Street scheme costing around £50,000. Further modifications are also planned to the junction of Harewood Street, Green Lane Road and Asfordby Street.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “A number of concerns have been raised with us about rat-running, problem parking, congestion and the impact they have on the safety of other road users in both these areas.

“We’ve therefore drawn up this one-way scheme, which extends some of the existing network and incorporates traffic-calming measures, which for most of the streets are already in place. For those streets without traffic calming, a programme of installing speed cushions will take place later this month.

“Further improvements are also due later this year, including at the junction of Harewood Street, Green Lane Road and Asfordby Street. 

“As an interim measure the mouth of the junction of Harewood Street will be narrowed using traffic cones and barriers and the mini roundabout on Green Lane Road will be removed.  This will also help traffic flow along Green Lane Road and simplify traffic movements at this junction.

“It is important that people feel safe using the roads in their communities, and this one-way system will help ensure that happens.”