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Traffic-calming scheme to be introduced in city community

Published on Friday, January 15, 2021

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A BUSY route through a Leicester neighbourhood is due to benefit from traffic calming measures after support from residents and ward councillors to bring in such a scheme.

The road safety work at Thurncourt Road will see nine sets of speed cushions and a chicane section installed on the residential street which runs between its junctions with Scraptoft Lane and Nursery Road.

The £40,000 scheme follows local calls to tackle speeding motorists on the route. Leicester City Council carried out a public consultation with local residents to gauge support for traffic-calming measures.

In all 96 percent of residents who responded to consultation letters supported the installation of the safety measures, which in addition to reducing traffic speeds will make the road safer and easier to cross and encourage more pedestrian use.

Detailed designs for the scheme are due to be drawn up over the next two months, with installation work beginning in March 2021, funded by the Transport Improvement Works Programme 2020/21.

The scheme is part of a rolling programme of speed reduction measures being installed in communities across the city where requested by local residents or councillors.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhoods, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “The issue of traffic speeds on this stretch of road has been a major concern locally, with both residents and ward councillors calling for action to be taken.

“The consultation we carried out indeed showed that people were in favour of speed reduction measures being installed. The nine proposed sets of speed cushions, and chicane section, will force drivers using the route to slow down.

“We’ll now be drawing up detailed designs for this safety scheme, which we want to see in place and in operation by spring 2021.”

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