A major transformation of Leicester’s busy London Road is due to get underway this summer.
Leicester City Council will be revamping the route between Granby Street and the Victoria Park roundabout, to create a safer and more attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians.
New cycle lanes will be created on either side of London Road, between Granby Street and Victoria Park.
The outbound bus lane will be removed to provide space for the new cycle lanes while retaining the already generous width of the pavements, which will be resurfaced.
Two lanes of traffic will be retained at peak times in both directions, and off peak pay-and-display parking and loading bays will be provided.
The new cycle lanes will feature a raised stone kerb, of around 12cm in height, alongside the main road to offer more protection for cyclists and help prevent illegal parking on the cycle lane. Gaps will be designed in at key points, such as pedestrian crossings.
The new cycle lanes and improved pavements will continue in front of the railway station. An option for a new car drop-off point on Station Street is currently under consideration.
At Victoria Park itself, plans to run a cycle lane along the edge of the park have been revised. The cycle path will now weave gently through the trees on the park itself, close to the existing pavement.
This will mean fewer trees will need to be removed than originally planned. About ten trees could still be lost, but these will be replaced on a two-for-one basis nearby on the park.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This major investment in London Road will bring about significant improvements for everyone who uses it. By reallocating a relatively small amount of road space, we can introduce dedicated off-road cycle lanes, better bus stops and wide, high quality pavements with improved crossings.”
“This will help create a much safer and more appealing route for cyclists and pedestrians, while still recognising that this is a busy route for traffic and an important public transport interchange at the railway station.”
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