Work begins on £500k cycle lane near Leicester city centre

Part of Leicester’s busy inner ring road will be getting a new cycle track as part of a nine-month improvement project.

Leicester City Council began work this week to improve footpaths and create a new safer cycle route from the St Matthew’s Way junction with Belgrave Gate, to just past the St George’s roundabout.

This will involve the creation of segregated two-way cycle tracks on St Matthew’s Way, between Belgrave Gate and Humberstone Gate, and on part of St George’s Way, between Humberstone Road and Burton Street.

Some stretches of footpath will be remodelled to allow shared use by cyclists and pedestrians, linking the new cycle tracks to main crossings.

To minimise disruption to traffic, all work will be carried out in phases. Some lane restrictions will be required during off-peak hours.

Pedestrian diversions will be also required when footpaths are closed. These will be clearly signed.

The £500,000 scheme will be part-funded through the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund as part of the city council’s successful bid for £6.25million. This will support the development of a network of high-quality walking and cycling links, linking the city centre to the universities, neighbourhoods and other key areas of the city.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Improving the inner ring road for pedestrians and cyclists is an extension of our Connecting Leicester programme, which has helped transform the city centre with safer and more attractive routes for people to use.”

“As part of our successful bid to the Transforming Cities Fund, we plan to extend that work to create safe links on key radial routes and into outlying neighbourhoods.”

“Making the inner ring road more people-friendly is a vital part of that and will play an important role in encouraging more people to make the shift from the car to healthier and more sustainable forms of transport like cycling and walking.”

Work on the inner ring road improvement scheme is expected to be complete by Summer 2020. There will be a month-long break in work during December for the Christmas roadwork moratorium.

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