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Two traffic calming and 20mph limits to be introduced after virus delay

20mph road sign

TWO new schemes to introduce 20mph speed limits and traffic calming measures are due to be installed after being delayed by the coronavirus lockdown.

Work on a new 20mph speed limit is due to be completed in the Wentworth Road area, off Glenfield Road, covering Mostyn Street, Carlisle Street, Bolton Road, Henton Road, Muriel Street and Kirby Road.

Glenfield Road itself will not be affected, although streets to the north of it, including Wentworth Road, Franche Road, St Dunstan Road, Bramley Road and St Pauls Road will be included, connecting the new scheme to existing 20mph limits to the east of Fosse Road North.

The scheme was originally due to come into effect in March, but will now be completed by the end of June 2020.

It follows a consultation with residents in which the vast majority – 89 percent – supported the planned 20mph limit, which is expected to cost about £5,000 including signs, lines and the paperwork needed to introduce the limit.

A second scheme is due to be introduced in Brading Road and Medina Road, off Groby Road, in response to a petition from residents in 2016 to reduce traffic speeds.

That was also delayed by the lockdown conditions, and is now expected to be put in place in August 2020. Further traffic calming and 20mph limits are likely to be installed in the wider area in future as part of the 2023/24 programme or works.

A consultation on the proposals showed 77 percent of those who responded supported traffic calming measures. The work is expected to cost £20,000 from the city council’s budget for active travel and road safety.

The works at both sites are the latest in a citywide rolling programme of introducing 20mph speed limits and traffic calming measures in residential areas where requested to do so.

Since the start of a major programme of 20mph zones began in 2011, 67 schemes have been brought in covering 1,200 streets and more than 250km of the city’s roads. Around 72 percent of the city’s schools are now in areas with 20mph speed limits.

A video showing the growth of the city’s 20mph zones can be viewed on Leicester City Council's Youtube channel