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Weekend closures ahead for major resurfacing work on London Road

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Artist's impression of London Road scheme

A MAJOR programme of resurfacing is due to take place on Leicester’s busy London Road this July, as work on a £3.9milllion improvement scheme progresses.

The work – which will see the stretch of road between its junctions with Waterloo Way and Evington Road completely resurfaced – will take place from Thursday 11 July and will see the road closed to traffic for up to three weekends.

The resurfacing is a vital part of the ongoing London Road improvement scheme. The £3.9 million project is radically revamping the route between Granby Street and the Mayfield Road roundabout to create a safer and more appealing route for pedestrians and cyclists, improve services for bus users and significantly improve the condition of the road for motorists.

The road surface is in a generally poor condition and beginning to fail in some areas and the project provides an opportunity to completely renew the carriageway.

On Thursday 11 July, resurfacing work will take place immediately outside the railway station, on the newly constructed bus-only lane. This will mean London Road will be closed to outbound through traffic close to its junction with Waterloo Way overnight from 7pm until 5am. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via Waterloo Way, Welford Road and Victoria Park Road.

Work will continue overnight outside the Railway on Friday 12 July from 7pm, with an additional overnight road closure in place at the junction of London Road and Evington Road. Diversions for traffic wanting to access Evington Road will be in place via Beckingham Road and Mayfield Road.

Then, from Saturday 13 July at 5am, the full length of London Road between Waterloo Way and Evington Road/Granville Road will be closed to traffic in both directions for the weekend. Clearly signed diversions for will be in place via Waterloo Way and Mayfield Road roundabout.

London Road will remain closed to inbound traffic for the next five days, before a second full closure comes into effect from Friday 19 July at 7pm for the full weekend.

Resurfacing work will then continue on weekdays from Monday 22 July under lane restrictions, with traffic able to use the full length of the road in both directions.

A third weekend closure will then come into effect from Friday 26 July at 7pm if required.

The work will see about 13,000sqm of carriageway being resurfaced involving the removal and relaying of nearly 3,000 tonnes of asphalt.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works and businesses will be open as normal. Nearby car parking at Victoria Park, East Street and Dover Street will operate as normal

Some bus services will be affected, with services using alternative routes and temporarily relocated bus stops during the works.

The work is being carried out during the schools’ summer holiday when the amount traffic is normally reduced by around 15 per cent.

Martin Fletcher, director of highways at Leicester City Council, said: “London Road is an extremely busy route and we have been working with our contractors Eurovia to help ensure that any disruption is carefully managed.

“By closing the road for three weekends, we can complete the resurfacing work over a relatively short period of time and keep the road open as far as possible during the busy weekdays. We will also be keeping overnight working to an absolute minimum to avoid noise disruption to nearby residents.

“Businesses will be able to remain open as normal through the work and we would remind visitors that nearby parking will be available at Victoria Park, Dover Street and East Street through the works.

“Along with the other improvements being carried out as part of this major scheme, the resurfacing work will ensure that this busy and important stretch of London Road is in a suitable condition to handle the demands placed on it by traffic for another forty years or so.”

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This important scheme represents a major investment in the London Road area and in our commitment to making Leicester a people-friendly city.

“It will create a much safer and more appealing route for cyclists and pedestrians without compromising this busy route for other road users. It will also introduce some much-needed improvements around the major public transport interchange at the railway station.

“Of course, with a project of this scale some disruption is inevitable but the project team will continue to work hard to keep this to minimum.”

The London Road improvement scheme will see new cycle lanes created on both sides of the road. These will feature raised kerbs to offer more protection to cyclists. New ‘Dutch-style’ bus stop bays will feature along the length of the road. These will safely channel cyclists behind the shelters, helping to improve safety for all road users.

Side roads will be raised to pavement level at their junctions with London Road to help give priority to pedestrians and cyclists. New traffic signal schemes will be introduced to give cyclists a head-start at junctions. Improved pedestrian crossings will also be created.

The cycling improvements are backed by £1.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

The London Road improvement scheme has been developed with input from local bus companies and user groups, city cycling groups and the family of cyclist Sam Boulton, who was tragically killed in an accident outside the railway station.

The work is being carried out on behalf of the city council by Eurovia, one of the world’s leading transport infrastructure construction and development companies.

For more information visit www.leicester.gov.uk/londonroad

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Notes: European Regional Development Fund

The London Road improvement project has received up to £1.2million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding