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Major road junction to close for resurfacing

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Traffic cones on a truck

AN important junction on a key route in and out of the city is set to close during the October half term holidays for major resurfacing work.

Work has been ongoing at the junctions of Ravensbridge Drive, Anstey Lane and Blackbird Road as part of an improvement scheme which has seen the junctions upgraded, the road layout reconfigured and additional lanes added.

In order to carry out the final resurfacing across the scheme, the junction will be closed to traffic between Saturday, October 12, and Monday, October 21, in two phases.

From 6am on Saturday, October 12, to 6am on Monday, October 21, Anstey Lane will be closed inbound from the Krefeld Way roundabout. This will reduce the number of vehicles using Anstey Lane and having to be diverted along residential roads.

During the same road closure, Severn Trent Water will be working on Anstey Lane during the Saturday and Sunday only, to carry out repair work to a major underground water main.

Anstey Lane will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Colwell Road and Blackbird Road during the same period for the resurfacing work to be carried out.

Ravensbridge Drive will also be closed in both directions from the Naz Motors garage to its junction with Blackbird Road. Business and residents on Ravensbridge Drive will still be able to get access from Abbey Gate and St Margaret’s Way. Traffic marshals will be on duty around the clock to ensure access.

With the city’s Diwali celebrations taking place on Belgrave Road on Sunday, October 13, Blackbird Road itself will continue to have one lane open in each direction to assist with the flow of traffic until midnight.

However, it will then close in both directions between Buckminster Road and Devonshire Road for the remainder of the duration of the resurfacing works, reopening along with all the other affected roads by 6am on Monday, October 21.

Marshals will once again be in place to help businesses and residents gain access.

Electronic notices are already in place and diversion signs will be put out advising drivers of the works.

Contractors from Tarmac Ltd, who are carrying out the scheme, will be working from 6am to 10pm each day to ensure the closure is for as short a time as possible.

Works will involve removing the existing surfacing, raising the ironworks such as inspection covers, and laying regulating material to bring the surfaces level with each other.

A geotextile system to reinforce the carriageway will then be installed, before laying the binder material and then the final carriageway surface.

Leicester City Council’s director of City Highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “This is a major programme of work to improve a very busy junction on a key route to the north west of the city and beyond.

“Given the nature of the resurfacing work taking place, we need to close the junction to ensure that the finished surface is completed to a high quality standard as well as to protect Tarmac’s workforce and enable them to carry out the work needed.

“Obviously we are mindful of other pressures on the road network, including the extra traffic expected for the Diwali lights switch-on, on October 13, which is why we will keep one lane of Blackbird Road open for as long as possible.

“Diversions will be in place, but I would advise drivers to consider using a different route if possible, such as the A6 or the A47 to avoid the inevitable traffic disruption the work will cause.”

All the work onsite is due to be completed by mid November 2019.

The work is all is part of the wider, six-year, £19million Leicester North West Major Transport Project, which will improve links between the city, key developments such as Ashton Green on the north west of the city, and to the city’s Western bypass, the A46 and A50 corridors.

It is also specifically designed to support the wider £240million redevelopment of the city’s Waterside area, where developers are creating hundreds of new homes, offices and workplaces.

The Leicester North West Major Transport Project is funded by a combination of Government Local Growth Fund (LGF) money, allocated by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and council contributions.

Details of the roadworks and diversion routes will also be available on Twitter at @ATCLeicester