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Overnight traffic restrictions planned for road improvements

Published on Friday, September 29, 2023

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TEMPORARY restrictions will be in place on part of Leicester’s busy Aylestone Road for up to five nights from next week, for carriageway resurfacing.

Work will be carried out on the stretch of Aylestone Road, between its junctions with Freemens Common Road and Almond Road, overnight from 7pm until 6am.

Work will be carried out in phases from Monday (2 Oct) for two nights; then from Thursday (5 Oct) for two nights, and on Monday (9 Oct) for one night.

During the works, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Almond Road – closed at its junction with Aylestone Road
  • Freemens Common Road – closed for right turn, and for entry onto Raw Dykes Road, at its junction with Aylestone Road.
  • Aylestone Road – one lane closed to traffic. Left-hand turn onto Freemens Common Road will remain open.

Well-signed diversions will be in place during the works.

The work is the latest phase of a £2million improvement scheme to make parts of Aylestone Road and Welford Road safer for walkers, wheelers and cyclists.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on climate, culture and the economy, said: “Aylestone Road was the first route to be identified and used as a pop-up ‘keyworker corridor’ to provide safe commuting routes for people during the first lockdown three years ago. It’s been a popular route for walkers, wheelers and cyclists ever since.

“These major improvements represent another important expansion of the city’s growing network of safe and attractive routes for cyclists and pedestrians and will allow us to further extend the multi-million-pound investment we have made in and around the city centre, out into the Leicester’s busy local neighbourhoods along Aylestone Road and Saffron Lane.”

The Aylestone Road and Welford Road improvement scheme is being paid for through the Transforming Cities Fund following the city council’s successful bid for £32million of second tranche funding. Work is expected to be complete by December 2023.