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Resurfacing work to take place on part of outer ring road

Highway maintenance lorry

REPAIRS and resurfacing work are due to take place at a busy junction on Leicester’s outer ring road this weekend.

The work on the junction of Asquith Way and Aberdale Road had been due to take place last October, but was disrupted due to Covid restrictions.

Instead it is now due to be carried out on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, and will involve replacing almost 2,000 square metres of road surface at the junction.

It means the junction will be closed to traffic during the work, with local diversions and some parking restrictions in place.

Traffic will be diverted via Welford Road, Knighton Lane East, Saffron Lane and Attlee Way.

The work is part of a wider £3.1m programme of resurfacing work funded by the Department for Transport under the latest round of the 2019/20 Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, to resurface Welford Road and nearby approach roads.

The programme began in autumn 2020 to repair road surfaces which had become pitted, cracked or broken over time, due to wear and tear caused by traffic and the effects of winter weather.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhoods, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “This much-needed work at Asquith Way has been delayed from last autumn, but can now go ahead as planned to improve the condition of one of the main routes in and out of the city.

“It is part of a busy junction which will have to be closed over the weekend to enable the work to be done safely, with diversions in place for local traffic.

“These works are vital to improve the condition of the carriageway surface and prolong its life for many years to come.”

Details of all local traffic and travel are available from Area Traffic Control’s Twitter on @ATCLeicester