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Overnight road closures as part of improvement work at St Margaret’s Bus Station

Published on Monday, March 16, 2020

Traffic cones in a van

PART of Leicester’s inner ring road will be closed overnights later this month for resurfacing work as part of a project to improve access to and from St Margaret’s Bus Station.

Changes are being made to the bus station to create a new exit directly onto the city’s inner ring road, which will shorten journeys by around six minutes.

The next stage of work will take place from March 23 to 27, and will see a series of overnight closures on Burleys Way anticlockwise closed between Abbey Street and Church Gate, to allow for resurfacing works as part of the improvement works.

That section of the road will be closed to all traffic from 7.30pm to 6am for five nights. Noisy work will end by 11pm and signs advising motorists of the work will be in place. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted, using Abbey Park Road and St Margaret’s Way.

The work is being carried out to redesign the exit from St Margaret’s Bus Station, meaning buses will no longer have to travel on a lengthier route along New Road, Gravel Street and Abbey Street to get onto Burley’s Way, which adds to the amount of traffic and increases passengers’ journey times.

When completed the scheme will also feature new traffic islands on Burleys Way, new footpaths, and a crossing point and guard rails along the front of the bus station itself. The bus station will remain open with bus services remaining unaffected.

The scheme is costing £750,000 and is funded from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund under its Bus Pinch Points project.

St Margaret’s Bus Station handles around 60 buses every hour, and has been at the centre of the city’s public transport system since 1985. It was last given a major refurbishment in 2007.

In addition to local services, it also handles coaches from National Express, with destinations including London Victoria coach station, and major cities including Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports.

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