A NEW one-way traffic system is coming into effect in residential streets in part of the city’s North Evington ward at the end of May.
Leicester City Council is bringing in the new measures following concerns raised by residents about traffic congestion and parking problems.
The new one-way system is being introduced on Frisby Road, Prestwold Road and Willow Brook Road.
Frisby Road will now become one-way in a north-westerly direction, while both Prestwold Road and Willow Brook Road will become one-way in a south-easterly direction.
New parking spaces will be created on both sides of Frisby Road, allowing free parking without a time limit. By creating designated parking, the council is aiming to reduce unauthorised pavement parking and make footways safer for pedestrians.
Cycles will still be able to use the roads in both directions.
Signs are being put in place from May 15 at Frisby Road, Prestwold Road, Willow Brook Road and neighbouring Galby Street, with new road markings to follow. The scheme is due to come into effect from Monday, May 29.
The work will cost of about £20k and are being funded from the council’s annual £2.5m Transport Improvement Works programme.
Leicester deputy city mayor for transportation, climate emergency and clean air, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “This work is being carried out to address the numerous concerns that residents in the area have raised with us around parking and traffic safety.
“Many of these residential streets are not wide enough for vehicles travelling in opposite directions to pass each other safely, meaning that people tend to park their cars partly on the pavement to try to make more room.
“However that makes pavements difficult to use especially for people with pushchairs, wheelchairs or partially sighted people for example.
“Creating a one-way system should improve traffic flow, free up the pavements and reduce the risk of parked cars getting damaged by other vehicles trying to squeeze past.”