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Changes planned as part of new one-way system at Mere Road

Published on Friday, February 15, 2019

A SECTION of a busy road in Spinney Hills is being made one-way to traffic following concerns from residents about traffic congestion and parking problems.

The new one-way system is being introduced on a section of Mere Road and the surrounding streets, with work due to take place over the coming weeks.

Under the changes being carried out, the stretch of Mere Road between Buxton Street and Hartington Road will become one-way in a northerly direction.

The section of Mere Road between Buxton Street and Park Vale Road will be one-way in a southerly direction.

Similar changes will also be made in neighbouring Park Vale Road, which will also become one-way and will also have split directions of travel.

The first part of Park Vale Road will be one-way in a westerly direction from East Park Road to its junction with Egginton Street. The remainder of Park Vale Road between Mere Road and Egginton Road will be one-way in an easterly direction.

The final part of the scheme will see Egginton Street become one-way in a southerly direction from its junction with Park Vale Road to its junction with Fairfield Street.

Traffic signs and lines to mark the one-way system are due to be installed from the week commencing February 18 to February 28, at a cost of about £10,000.

The works will improve both safety and on-street parking on the roads – parts of which are narrow – because traffic will only be moving in one direction, although cyclists will still be able to travel against the flow of the one-way traffic flow.

The one-way systems for both Mere Road and Park Vale Road are also designed to prevent the streets being used as ‘rat runs’.

Drivers heading either north or south on the eastern side of the city will now be expected to use either East Park Road or Melbourne Road instead.

Residents and businesses in Highfields and Spinney Hills had been involved in having a say over the scheme. Parts of the route are already home to traffic-calming measures such as speed tables and build-outs to cut traffic speeds.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “This work is being carried out to tackle a number of traffic problems people have raised in the area.                                                                      

“Mere Road is in a busy residential area and runs along the length of Spinney Hill Park. It’s a busy area with a lot of demand for parking, and this scheme has been a long time in the making. I’m glad I can finally get these improvements under way.

“Making this stretch of Mere Road and Park Vale Road one-way will lessen the problems caused by cars trying to pass each other in each direction, thereby improving safety for pedestrians and other road users.

“The streets already have a number of traffic-calming measures in place which have helped cut speeds, so this latest work will involve clear signposting and road markings for the one-way section.

“There are clear alternative routes via Melbourne Road and East Park Road, which are both better equipped to accommodate two-way traffic.”