Plans to transform the area around Leicester’s Clock Tower

Plans to transform the area around the Clock Tower in Leicester city centre have been unveiled, with people invited to give their views on the proposal.

Leicester City Council is proposing a major revamp of Belgrave Gate, Haymarket and Church Gate, which would see traffic being removed from the area between 11am and 5pm.

The popular shopping streets around the Clock Tower would be reconstructed in high quality materials, similar to those used on nearby Silver Street and Guildhall Lane.

To make the area more suited for pedestrians a short stretch of new road would be created to connect Belgrave Gate and Mansfield Street.

This would provide a new route for buses, removing the need for buses to use Haymarket and Church Gate.

To create the new road, the council will need to purchase the required land, which is still under negotiation. Once this is done, work on the new link road could get underway in April 2018, with work to pedestrianise Haymarket and Church Gate potentially beginning later in the summer.

The entire project is expected to take around a year to complete.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This is a high profile part of our city centre and it is vital that we continue to invest in it.”

“We’re looking at making some ambitious changes and improvements which will help create a much more attractive, and safer, environment for shoppers and other visitors in the area around the Clock Tower.”

People can find out more about the proposed improvements when the plans go on display from next week at the Haymarket Station. The plans will be available to view until 2nd October.

You can also email your comments on the proposals to transportstrategy@leicester.gov.uk

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