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Work begins on £450k revamp of two city centre streets

Published on Monday, March 4, 2019

WORK is set to begin on a range of improvements to roads close to De Montfort University and the recently revamped Mill Lane campus.

Leicester City Council will start work this week on a £450,000 scheme to revamp Grange Lane and Bonners Lane and make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

The works – which are expected to take about four months to complete – will improve the pedestrian crossing from Bonners Lane over the inner ring road at Oxford Street and introduce new one-way restrictions.

Grange Lane is currently closed off near to the Swan and Rushes pub, but the junction will be opened up to traffic leaving Oxford Street. Grange Lane will then become one-way from Oxford Street, and a contraflow cycle lane will be created.

Bonners Lane will also become one-way from its junction with Grange Lane towards Oxford Street, and the existing left turn from the inner ring road will be closed to make space for a wider and improved crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.

The footpath along Bonners Lane will be widened and improved and new trees planted as part of the scheme. Traffic calming measures are also proposed.

Clearly signed diversion will be place throughout the works.

The new cycle lane will mean a reduction in available parking on Grange Lane, but disabled parking provision will be provided nearby.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This scheme will help provide more high quality pedestrian and cycling infrastructure around DMU, connected to the absolutely excellent work the university has recently carried out on its campus.

“By opening up Grange Lane, vehicles will be able to slip off Oxford Street at the new junction. This removes the need for traffic to use the left turn onto Bonners Lane and means that we can introduce much-needed improvements to pedestrian access here.

“There is a lot of potential here, and the work will tie in with the improvements we are planning for York Road. This has the potential to be a really attractive and useful direct link between New Walk and the wonderful redevelopment on King Street and the DMU campus with its links to the riverside.”

Work on York Road is expected to get underway in late- April. Details of the proposed scheme are currently being revised to take into account concerns about the loss of on-street parking and how this will impact elderly and disabled worshippers visiting the nearby Jain temple on Oxford Street.