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Work to start on Anstey Lane improvements

Published on Monday, September 2, 2019


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A £10.5m highways scheme to reduce congestion and improve road links between the county and the city begins this month.

The county council is leading on the delivery of the improvements on behalf of the city council, which will see a range of measures introduced on the A5630 Anstey Lane and A46 to increase capacity and improve journey times.

The scheme will see the existing single lane section of road between the A46 interchange and Bennion Road roundabout turned into a dual carriageway.

Additional lanes will be created at the approach to the roundabouts at both junctions with new traffic lights installed. Pedestrian and cycling routes along the busy stretch of road will also be improved as part of the scheme.

From Monday 9 September, night closures will be in place from 8pm to 6am on Anstey Lane (between Gorse Hill & Bennion Road) for two nights.

Night closures will also be in place from 8pm to 6am on 11 to 15 September on the A46 westbound on-slip towards the M1 and from 16 to 19 September on the eastbound off-slip towards Anstey and Leicester.

Diversion routes will be in place for the duration of these closures which are required to carry out key elements of the scheme with minimal impact on traffic.

In addition, the footpath between Gorse Hill to Bennion Road will be closed from 11 September to February 2020 and the bridleway between Anstey Lane to Lady Hay Road will also be closed from 19 September to December 2020.

There will also be night lane restrictions on the corner of Anstey Lane/ Gynsills Lane from 9 September and on the corner of the southbound exit-slip road from 19 September.

The improvements are designed to help accommodate the extra traffic that will be generated by the 3,000-home Ashton Green development by Leicester City Council. It will also support growth anticipated from future housing developments in the north of Leicester and in the county.

Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This is a major investment to improve a very busy route for people in the county. The improvements should greatly ease congestion, help to reduce delays and is another example of infrastructure being delivered to help residents and businesses.”

The initiative is being funded by the city council, as developers of Ashton Green, Highways England and through an allocation from the Local Growth Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) for project which benefit the local area and economy.

City Mayor, Peter Soulsby, said: “This important scheme will improve a very busy junction for motorists, providing extra capacity and helping to ease delays. The investment from Highways England and the LLEP is very welcome and will help us provide vital infrastructure needed to support the growing demands for housing in this part of the city.”

LLEP chair Kevin Harris said: “Great transport links are essential for a thriving local economy, so I'm extremely pleased that the LLEP has made this investment along with Highways England.

"Anstey Lane is a major artery into Leicester from the north, used by thousands of commuters and logistics operators every day. These improvements will help make those journeys smoother and make Leicester and Leicestershire a more accessible place to do business.”

The work will be carried out by Galliford Try, one of the UK’s leading regeneration and construction groups, under contract to the county council.

The A5630 Anstey Lane improvement scheme will complement the major improvement schemes already completed on the A50 and A6 as part of the North West Major Transport Project.  

This major programme of works, which is due to be completed by Summer 2020 will help ensure that roads and major junctions on key routes in the north west of Leicester will have the capacity for predicted housing growth over the coming decades.