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Overnight closures ahead as £3.9m London Road scheme progresses

Published on Monday, March 25, 2019

MOTORISTS are being warned about a series of overnight closures that will be taking place on stretches of Leicester’s busy London Road next month.

The closures are required for resurfacing to be carried out at two of the road’s busiest junctions, as work on a £3.9milllion improvement scheme progresses.

Work will be carried out overnight – between 7pm and 6am – and in a series of short phases to minimise disruption.

The first phase of resurfacing will begin on Monday 8 April for three consecutive nights. This will involve the closure of London Road inbound between De Montfort Street and its junction with Waterloo Way. There will be no access to Waterloo Way at this junction from London Road during the works.

Some nearby side roads will also be affected.

Clearly signed alternative routes will be in place. Through-traffic that would normally use London Road inbound will be redirected at Mayfield Road roundabout, and traffic heading towards Waterloo Way from St George’s Way will also be diverted.

Local diversions will be in place on London Road for people accessing the area. Some bus services will need to use alternative routes during the night time closures.

A second phase of work will take place on part of the Waterloo Way stretch of the inner ring, which will be closed to traffic in one direction eastbound (anti-clockwise) from its junctions with South Albion Street to East Street.

The closures will take place overnight on Thursday 11th, Saturday 13th and Monday 15th April.

Alternative routes for London Road inbound traffic will be clearly signed. Diversions will also be place for traffic leaving East Street and South Albion Street. Some bus services will follow alternative routes.

The overnight works will then move to the outbound lanes of London Road, outside the railway station. This will involve closures of London Road/Waterloo Way outbound Campbell Street to Prebend Street.

The closures here are due to be in place on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Tuesday 23rd April.

Clearly signed diversions will redirect traffic at St George’s Way roundabout.

The railway station forecourt will be closed to traffic during this phase of work, with an alternative temporary drop-off point in place on Campbell Street. Hackney cabs will operate from Conduit Street.

Resurfacing work will then move to London Road’s junctions with Evington Road and Granville Street from late April.

The work is part of the on-going London road improvement scheme.

Martin Fletcher, director of highways at Leicester City Council, said: “London Road is an extremely busy route and we’re working hard to ensure these major improvements are carried out with the minimum of disruption.

“By doing this work overnight, we can keep the road open during peak hours for the high volume of traffic that needs to use the road.

“We’ve contacted nearby residents and businesses to ensure they are aware of the works and any inconvenience it may cause them.

“Along with the major improvements being carried along London Road, the resurfacing works will help ensure the road surface is in a suitable condition to be able to handle the demands placed on it by traffic for many years to come.”

The London Road improvement scheme is revamping the busy route between Granby Street and the Mayfield Road roundabout to create a safer and more appealing route for pedestrians and cyclists.

Future phases of the project will see new cycle lanes created on both sides of London Road. These will feature raised kerbs to offer more protection to cyclists. The road will also feature new ‘Dutch-style’ bus stop bays. 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.

The area immediately in front of the railway station is also being completely remodelled to improve services for bus users and create new cycle lane.

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 project is backed by £1.2million from the European Regional Development Fund.

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.

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