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Work to begin on final phase of major Belgrave Gate revamp

Published on Thursday, December 19, 2019

Belgrave Gate artist's impression

A FINAL phase of work to transform the route between Leicester’s Golden Mile and the city centre will get underway early in the new year.

Leicester City Council is carrying out a major improvement scheme to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists along Belgrave Road, from Haymarket Bus Station to Belgrave Circle.

A first phase of work, to create new cycle tracks and improve the route between Abbey Street and Burleys Way, has already been completed.

From early January 2020, a final phase of work will get underway. This will see improvements made to Burleys Way roundabout, where a new shared footpath and cycleway will run underneath the flyover to provide a safer and more direct route onto Belgrave Gate.

A new segregated cycle track and improved footpath will be created along the central reservation linking Burleys Way roundabout with the improvements made to Belgrave Circle following the removal of the flyover.

Work is due to begin on Monday 6 January when the Lotus Flowers sculptures currently located on Burleys Way roundabout will be removed for repairs and repainting. The artwork will then be relocated to the new open space on Archdeacon Lane, close to the Charter Street Bridge entrance to Abbey Park.

Then, from Monday 13 January, construction of the new cycleways and footpath on Belgrave Gate will begin. This will be carried out under off-peak lane restrictions to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.

Work to create a new route across Burleys Way roundabout will begin in the summer. This will require road closures and overnight working. Full details will be publicised nearer the time.

The scheme is expected to be complete by early autumn 2020.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This latest phase of the Connecting Leicester programme is creating a safer and much more attractive route linking the city centre to the Golden Mile and Abbey Park.

“These major local attractions are just a 15-minute walk from the Clock Tower, and we want to encourage more people to make that short journey by foot or bike.

“This latest scheme will add to the growing network of new cycleways to and from the city centre that provide safe and appealing links with nearby neighbourhoods.

“It is absolutely vital that we continue to invest in improving the public realm and provide the infrastructure needed to encourage more people to make the switch to healthier and more sustainable forms of transport.”

The overall Belgrave Gate improvement scheme will cost £2million. This second phase will be mostly funded with Government cash as part of the council’s successful bid for £7.8million from the Transforming Cities Fund.