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Traffic-calming works completed in Evington

Published on Monday, February 18, 2019

A SCHEME of pedestrian safety measures has been completed along the length of a busy road in a Leicester community.

The work has been carried out by Leicester City Council on a stretch of Stoughton Drive North, between St Philips Road and Highway Road, following calls to improve safety.

Four pedestrian refuge islands have now been installed to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road more safely in two halves. The junction of Holmfield Road and Stoughton Drive North has also been altered to ensure traffic stops before proceeding.

The refuges have been introduced near the junction of Byway Road/Kingsway Road, another near Trueway Road/Kingsway Road, a third next to Romway Road/Kingsway Road, and one next to the junction of Holmfield Road and Stoughton Drive North.

Work has been carried out since the end of last year, costing £80k from the city council’s budget for local safety schemes.

Stoneygate Ward councillor and assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, had been involved in calling for safety measures to be introduced.

He said: “We had complaints from local residents concerned about the number of speeding cars in a built-up area where there are also a lot of young people using the local church and mosque.

“A long stretch of Stoughton Drive North was looked at, and we’ve installed four pedestrian refuges, which have the effect of slowing down traffic, and making it easier and safer for people to cross the road.

“The changes to the junction of Holmfield Road and Stoughton Drive North also means vehicles can’t just speed across it – they have to come to a stop.

“We consulted with local residents to ensure the scheme met their requirements, and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from people about the impact this safety scheme has had.”