A SECTION of a popular riverside pathway in Leicester is due to be resurfaced in a six-week programme of repairs starting next week.
Riverside Way, which runs along the bank of the River Soar near the National Space Centre, is being resurfaced by Leicester City Council.
Work starts on June 26, meaning the route will be temporarily closed while the repairs are carried out.
The 300-metre section being resurfaced is between Abbey Park Road and the Abbey Meadows footbridge, just beyond the southern end of Exploration Drive, as well as a small section of the pathway where it enters Pioneer Close.
The repairs are costing around £145,000 and are funded from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) designed to improve walking, wheeling and cycling facilities in the city.
People will still be able to use the footpath on the opposite side of the River Soar adjoining Abbey Meadows, and diversion signs will be in place.
Riverside Way is part of National Cycle Network 6 and is used by around 1,000 people everyday coming to and from the city centre and science park, as well as local businesses and visitors to Abbey Park.
Leicester deputy city mayor for climate, economy and culture, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “This section of Leicester’s Riverside has seen a huge amount of regeneration over recent years, and Riverside Way forms part of a well-used route for accessing nearby homes, shops and businesses along the River Soar.
“Inevitably that means wear and tear on the surface, which makes repair work like this necessary, to ensure it remains in good shape for many years to come.
“The route will need to be closed while the work is carried out, but local diversions will be signposted.”