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Zebra crossing works to begin in Highfields

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2023

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A NEW zebra crossing is due to be put in place near a school in a residential area of Leicester.

Work is due to begin on the scheme at Maidstone Road to install the new crossing on the route which is used by parents and pupils at neighbouring Moat Community College. At the same time some improvement work on drains and gullies will be done.

The work will be split into two phases. The first, during the half term holidays from February 18 to 26, will include installing new pipework and gullies on Maidstone Road. It will mean temporary closures to the road and the footpath outside the college.

Vehicles will follow a clearly signposted diversion via Sparkenhoe Street, St Peters Road, Melbourne Road and Berners Street while the work is taking place.

The second phase of work will take place over the Easter holidays, from April 1 to 16, and will see the new zebra crossing put in place. Again, it will involve a temporary road closure and the same diversion route as before.

Letters have been sent to nearby residents detailing the scheme and arrangements for vehicle access.

In total the work will cost of about £55,000, and forms part of the city council’s annual Local Environmental Works programme aimed at improving safety and addressing local neighbourhood traffic and parking issues.

Brian Killeen, principal at Moat Community College, said: “We are very pleased that a zebra crossing is to be installed outside Moat Community College.

“It will ensure that our students can safely cross what is a very busy road. We would like to thank our partners at the local authority for their work and support in making this improvement to our local environment.”

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on transport, clean air and climate emergency, said: “This is part of an ongoing programme of work in neighbourhoods across the city, where residents and ward councillors have raised concerns, input ideas or highlighted possible areas for improvement.

“By working with local communities in this way, we are able to invest in schemes that make a real difference to the daily lives of residents.”

This year, the city council is investing around £400,000 in its annual programme of local environmental works.