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Weekend road closures ahead for junction improvement scheme

Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Roadworks sign

A SECTION of Leicester’s Blackbird Road is due to close to traffic this weekend as work to improve a busy junction continues.

Work is progressing on a major scheme to improve and remodel the junctions of Ravensbridge Drive at the A6 St Margaret’s Way and at Blackbird Road/Anstey Lane, as part of a larger project improving road links into that part of the city.

Both junctions are currently open to traffic in all directions but from Friday (19 Jul) the northbound lane of Blackbird Road – between its junctions with Buckminster Road and Anstey Lane – will be closed to traffic for the weekend. The southbound lane will remain open to traffic as normal.

The closure is required to allow the stretch of road to be built up and resurfaced. Footpath improvements will also be carried out.

Local signposted diversion will be in place. The road is due to fully reopen to traffic by 5am on Monday (Jul 22).

A full closure of the junction of Ravensbridge Drive, St Margaret’s Way and Abbey Gate is also currently programmed for the third weekend in August for final resurfacing works.

The work is being carried out by contractors Tarmac Trading Ltd on behalf of Leicester City Council.

It is part of the wider, six-year, £19million Leicester North West Transport Project. This major programme of work is helping to 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.

The project is funded by a combination of Government Local Growth Fund (LGF) money from 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.