Bus stops to move as London Road scheme hits railway station
Published on Friday, March 1, 2019
WORK on the transformation of Leicester’s London Road will move to the area directly in front of the railway station as the £3.9million project progresses.
From Wednesday 6 March, the area of road immediately in front of the station is due to be closed to all traffic while work to construct a new bus only lane, off-road cycle lane and safer ‘Dutch style’ bus stops is carried out.
Outbound traffic will now use the recently rerouted single lane that curves around a new pedestrian refuge. This will separate general traffic from buses at the busy interchange outside the station.
To make space for this phase of works – which is expected to last around five to six weeks – all bus stops immediately outside the station will be temporarily relocated further along London Road, close to Tesco Express on the other side of Conduit Street.
Bus services will continue to run as normal.
Work to remodel the central reservation, which has been reduced in size, and extend the existing bus stop bay close to the junction with Waterloo Way is now well under way.
Improvements at the junction with Granville Road and Evington Road will continue into spring, when a series of short term overnight closures will be required for resurfacing to take place. This will be closely followed by overnight works to resurface the junction with Waterloo Way which will also be carried out in three short phases.
Full details of the resurfacing work – which will require major overnight diversions – will be publicised nearer the time.
The London Road improvement project, which is backed by £1.2million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is on schedule to be complete by late summer 2019.
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 also gives us the opportunity to introduce 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 is working hard to keep this to a minimum.”
Future phases of the project will see new cycle lanes created on both sides on London 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 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. New, improved crossings will also be created.
In the final phase of works, London Road itself will be completely resurfaced.
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 and regular updates about the London Road improvement scheme visit www.leicester.gov.uk/londonroad