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Work to begin on £1.4milllion York Road revamp

Published on Friday, May 3, 2019

WORK on a £1.4million revamp of a city centre street gets under way this week.

Leicester City Council is set to begin work on major improvements to York Road – which connects Welford Road and Oxford Street – to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists.

As part of the proposed scheme, the road will be largely pedestrianised between its junction with Oxford Street and Newarke Street car park.

The road will be remodelled so that motorists must turn left upon leaving the car park meaning the majority of York Road will be free from traffic.

Vehicle access along the main stretch of York Road will only be permitted for residents, blue badge holders and businesses in the area.

Footpaths will be widened in some areas and reconstructed in high-quality blocks, similar in appearance to Silver Street and Guildhall Lane.

The improvements will fill a missing link between the new £35million development on King Street, at the city centre end of New Walk, and De Montfort University’s campus on Millstone Lane, which has also recently seen a multi-million-pound investment.

It will also link to improvement work currently being carried out on nearby Grange Lane and Bonners Lane.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “At the moment, York Road is shabby and crying out for improvement. We want to transform it into a safer and much more appealing route for pedestrians and cyclists.

“It has the potential to be a really attractive and direct link between the recently redeveloped New Walk Centre site and the DMU campus, which has also benefited from a major programme of improvements.

“At the same time, we are investing in our Newarke Street car park to help make life easier for the hundreds of motorists that use it every day.”

Work on the York Road improvement scheme will get under way from Tuesday (7 May) and is expected to take about six months.

In the first phase of work, two short sections of York Road will be closed to traffic – between the car park exit and Welford Road, and at the junction with Upper Brown Street.

Full access will be maintained to the car park, and marshalled access will be provided for businesses in the area. Clearly signed diversions, via Lower Brown Street, will be in place. The work will also require some off-peak lane restrictions on Oxford Street approaching the junction with York Road.

A second phase of work is due to begin from July, and details will be publicised nearer the time.

Improvements have also been made at Newarke Street car park. These include the create of an additional exit for vehicles and the introduction of automatic number plate recognition to help improve the flow of traffic in and out of the car park.

The York Road improvement scheme will be the latest phase of the City Mayor’s 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.

The improvements will be funded with Government cash as part of the council’s successful bid for £7.8million from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.