A SECTION of a busy road in Spinney Hills is being made one-way to traffic following concerns from residents about congestion and damage to parked cars.
The new one-way system is being introduced on a section of Gwendolen Road, with work due to take place over the coming weeks.
Under the changes being carried out, the stretch of Gwendolen Road between East Park Road and its junction with Dorothy Road will become one-way, heading towards Evington.
A new one-way order will be effective from Tuesday 27 July.
Work to install new traffic signs and lines to mark the one-way system will then be carried out at a cost of about £15,000.
The works will improve both safety and on-street parking on the road – parts of which are narrow – because traffic will only be moving in one direction. The one-way system will also help prevent the street being used as a ‘rat-run’. Cyclists will still be able to travel against in the opposite direction to the one-way traffic flow.
Local residents and businesses have been involved in having a say in the scheme. It is part of a rolling programme of local highways schemes across the city, based on work with ward councillors to identify local priorities for improvement.
Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “This work is being carried out to tackle a number of traffic problems people have raised in the area.
“It is part of a citywide programme of works to address issues that have been brought up at ward level – by councillors and residents – as needing action.
“They are designed to help deal with concerns such as traffic or parking problems, as well as making improvements to well-used community spaces and facilities such as shopping areas.
“By working directly with people in these communities we can ensure the work deals with the issues which are important to them.”
This year will see around £400,000 invested in the latest round of local improvements.