Work gets under way on improved new route for buses
Published on Friday, November 8, 2019
WORK on a new road that will improve bus journey times out of Leicester city centre gets under way on Monday (11 November).
The city council scheme will link Belgrave Gate with Mansfield Street, providing a quick route out of the city centre for buses leaving the Haymarket bus station and forming part of a new, improved route for pedestrians between the city’s two bus stations.
Contractors will be on site from Monday, initially working alongside a team from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).
Archaeologists from ULAS will excavate a trench on the site, before construction of the road begins in earnest.
Once construction gets under way, it will take around eight months to build the new road which, in a nod to local history, will be called Savoy Street – named after the art deco cinema that opened on Belgrave Gate in 1937.
Later known as the ABC, the cinema was demolished in 2007.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This new road will improve bus journey times for passengers, but it also paves the way for the regeneration of a high-profile part of the city centre that clearly needs investment.
“By re-routing buses onto Savoy Street, we will be able to remove traffic from the Clock Tower area and create a safer – and much more attractive – environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
“This investment in the area will also provide a boost to businesses on Belgrave Gate and Church Gate, which will benefit from greater footfall and a much improved street environment.”
As part of the £4million scheme, both Mansfield Street and Sandacre Street will be reconstructed and upgraded.
The Belgrave Gate and Mansfield Street link road and improvement scheme is supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP).
To allow the works to take place, changes will be made to one-way, waiting and loading restrictions on a number of streets in the area, but these will not take effect until early 2020.