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Improvement work planned for popular walking and cycling route

Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Great Central Way close to Gilmorton Avenue

Improvements to a popular walking and cycling route will be carried out from 29 November.

Work will take place to widen a short section of the footpath on the Great Central Way between Gilmorton Avenue and Soar Valley Way, providing more space for walkers and cyclists as well as improving the path’s surface and drainage.

The scheme will be split into two phases, either side of the Soar Valley Way bridge. It will take approximately 11 weeks to complete.

The works will also include the removal of barriers at access points to the route on Soar Valley Way and Gilmorton Avenue, to provide easier access for all users.

The route is a well-used link between the Everards Meadows development, Leicester city centre and residential areas of Glen Parva.

The work will be undertaken by Leicester City Council. Some temporary footpath closures will be needed while the work is carried out, and alternative routes will be signposted.

Full path closure will take place between the hours of 7.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday. However, full access will be maintained at all times over the Christmas period.

The Great Central Way between the Gilmorton Avenue access point and the entrance to Soar Valley Way bridge will be closed from 29 November to 22 December, from 7.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday.

The path will then be reopened to the public until the 4 January 2022. From 4 January 2022, the same weekday time restrictions will apply (7.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday).

From 24 January, the path on the Great Central Way will be reopened but there will be no access to the Great Central Way from Soar Valley Way between 7.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday while improvements are made to access.

The completion date for all work will be 11 February 2022.

The scheme will cost £110,000 and is being funded via the Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT awarded the money to sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which works closely with the council, and has arranged for the city council to carry out the work.

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