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Night-time closures in final phase of Ravensbridge Drive works

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2019

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A BUSY city junction at the heart of a major road improvement scheme will be closed to outbound traffic overnight over the coming weeks.

Work is taking place at the junction of Ravensbridge Drive and the A6 St Margaret’s Way, and also at the nearby junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive.

The junction of Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way is currently open to traffic, but will close overnight to outbound traffic from Monday, February 11, to Friday, February 22, and again from Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, to enable work to be carried out next to the carriageway.

The closure will be in operation from 7pm to 6am on each of the days. It means there will be no access to Ravensbridge Drive from St Margaret’s Way during those hours.

Abbey Gate will also be closed to traffic at its junction with Ravensbridge Drive at the same time. Local diversions will be in place, with traffic instead using the junction of Blackbird Road and St Margaret’s Way.

There will also be some day-time lane closures on St Margaret’s Way while work takes place on the pedestrian crossing.

On the final weekend of work, there will be a full closure of the junction in both directions, from Friday, March 8, to Monday, March 11, for the road to be resurfaced.

Leicester City Council is working with contractors Tarmac Trading Ltd to keep disruption to a minimum and enable as much of the site as possible to be open to traffic.

City Highways director at Leicester City Council, Martin Fletcher, said: “These works have been phased to ensure that as much of the route as possible can remain open to traffic.

“However, it is now at the stage of kerbing work and resurfacing the carriageway, which clearly cannot be done while traffic is still using it.

“The outbound closures will take place overnight from Monday to Friday, with the route remaining open in both directions for both the morning and evening rush hours,

“Diversions will be in place, but I would advise people to use an alternative route during the closure if possible.”

The work is all is part of the wider, six-year, £19million Leicester North West Major Transport Project, which will improve links between the city, key developments such as Ashton Green on the north west of the city, and to the city’s Western bypass, the A46 and A50 corridors.

It is also specifically designed to support the wider £240million redevelopment of the city’s Waterside area, where developers are creating hundreds of new homes, offices and workplaces.

The Leicester North West Major Transport Project is funded by a combination of Government Local Growth Fund (LGF) money, allocated by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and council contributions.

Completed phases of the project include extensive improvements to the A50/Groby Road and nearby roundabouts, and resurfacing on New Parks Way which both took place in summer 2016.

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