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Plans announced to make Lancaster Road more cycle-friendly

Published on Monday, June 10, 2019

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PROPOSALS for a safer and more direct cycle route between Clarendon Park and the city centre have been announced.

Leicester City Council plans to create a new two-way cycle lane from the Queens Road and Victoria Park Road junction across Victoria Park and along the full length of Lancaster Road.

The new 1km route would provide a direct link with the recently completed cycle lane on Welford Road, creating a continuous and safer route for cyclists to and from the city centre. It will create a parallel and complementary route to the major improvement scheme already well under way on London Road.

As part of the proposed new scheme, cycle paths would run across Victoria Park, close to the existing footpath connecting Queens Road and Peace Walk, and then continue along the full length of Lancaster Road including a short section of Nelson Mandela Park.

The proposed cycleway will feature light segregation along Lancaster Road to separate cyclists from other traffic.

There would also be improvements to existing footways and crossing facilities to make the route safer and more attractive for pedestrians.

The scheme will require some remodelling at the junction of Lancaster Road and Tigers Way. This will create a safer and more direct crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. As part of this, Lancaster Road will be made one-way between its junctions with De Montfort Street and Tigers Way, with traffic no longer able to turn onto Lancaster Road from the ring road. Traffic surveys show that fewer than 150 vehicles currently make this manoeuvre per day.

There will also be some minor remodelling of the junction of Queens Road and Victoria Park Road to improve crossing facilities and create a more direct link from the park onto Knighton Park Road, part of National Cycle Route 63.

The junction of Lancaster Road and University Road will be remodelled as part of a wider programme of improvements planned for University Road. These are currently being developed by the University of Leicester and city council with plans expected to be announced by late autumn.

The plans could involve the loss of about 20 pay and display parking spaces on Lancaster Road. This will be subject to a separate statutory consultation as part of the process of applying for a new traffic regulation order.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor and executive lead for environment and transportation, said: “The Connecting Leicester programme is a vital part of our ambitious plans to reduce vehicle emissions, further improve local air quality and help address the climate emergency we are facing.

“These proposals will make Lancaster Road safer and more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians, and complementing the major work underway on London Road and investment made elsewhere in and around the city centre.

“We know Victoria Park is a popular route for cyclists, but conflicts still exist between pedestrians and cyclists on the main park footpath and onto New Walk.

“The Lancaster Road scheme will extend the existing city centre network of cycle lanes out to Clarendon Park and the University of Leicester. This will provide a really attractive and direct route for cyclists and should help address some of the problems we still see on New Walk.”

Work is expected to cost around £1million and will be mostly funded with Government cash as part of the council’s successful bid for £7.8million from the Transforming Cities Fund.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme could get under way in July and is expected to take around 10 months to complete.

The Lancaster Road cycling improvement scheme will be the latest phase of the wider Connecting Leicester programme, which is improving routes into and around the city centre and helping to make it more attractive to residents, visitors, businesses and investors.

People can view the proposals at www.leicester.gov.uk/connectingleicester

Comments should be emailed to transport-strategy@leicester.gov.uk