Work on the transformation of Leicester’s London Road will move to two busy junctions when roadworks resumes tomorrow.
Leicester City Council is set to revamp the route between Granby Street and Mayfield Road roundabout as part of a £3.9million scheme to create a safer and more attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians.
From Monday 7 January, roadworks will get under way at the junction with Evington Road and Granville Road, and on the large central reservation in front of the railway station.
At Granville Road, work will be carried out to begin construction of the new cycle lane and improve pedestrian crossings at the busy junction.
Work will also begin to construct a new bus-only lane in front of Leicester Railway Station. This will involve remodelling the large central reservation, which will be reduced in size to make space for the new camera-enforced bus lane and protected cycle path which will run directly in front of the station.
The existing bus stop and right-hand turn on the central reservation will be permanently removed.
Lane closures and temporary lights will be in place whilst the work is carried out. Pedestrian access will be maintained through the works area.
Bus services into the city centre will use the existing bus stop located between Regent Street and Nelson Street, close to The Hind public house.
Future phases of the project will see new cycle lanes created on both sides of London Road. These will feature raised kerbs to offer more protection to cyclists.
In the final phase of works, London Road itself will be completely resurfaced.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This important scheme represents a major investment in the London Road area and in our commitment to make Leicester a people-friendly city.”
“It will create a much safer and more appealing route for cyclists and pedestrians without compromising this busy route for other road users. It also gives us the opportunity to introduce some ambitious improvements around the major public transport interchange at the railway station.”
“Of course, a project of this scale cannot be carried out without some disruption but the project team is working hard to keep this to minimum.”
The London Road improvement scheme has been developed with input from local bus companies and user groups, city cycling groups and the family of cyclist Sam Boulton, who was tragically killed in an accident outside the railway station.