SPEED restrictions are due to be introduced in a number of residential streets around a city school.
The new 20mph zone will come into effect in the roads to the west of Ashton Green Road, near to Glebelands Primary School, adjacent to the Ashton Green housing development.
It is the latest in a programme of speed-reduction measures which have been brought in around schools in residential areas by Leicester City Council, where requested by residents, to improve road safety, cut traffic speeds and encourage more children and parents to walk or cycle to school.
The Glebelands scheme will include Hogarth Road, Rowlandson Close, Lawrence Close, Hoppner Close, Bevan Road, Monks Crescent, Glebelands Road, Deanery Crescent, Chancel Road, Deacon Road, Getliffe Road and Mangold Road.
Work will cost around £6,000, funded by the city council’s Transport Improvement Works budget. The scheme is due to be completed and in operation by February 2022.
It follows consultations with local residents, ward councillors and emergency services. Of those residents who responded, 84 per cent backed the proposals for a 20mph zone.
As well as lowering vehicle speeds and tackling congestion, the scheme will help lower emissions and improve air quality.
The use of 20mph zones also plays a key role in Leicester’s “City Cycle Action Plan”, which sets them out as priority to meet its target of doubling daily cycling numbers by 2024.
The improvements in terms of road safety and tackling congestion are designed to encourage more people to swap local car journeys for cycling and walking instead.