Work to begin on major revamp of Leicester’s Belgrave Gate

The final phase of work to transform the route between Leicester’s Golden Mile and the city centre will get underway early in the new year.

Leicester City Council is carrying out a major improvement scheme to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists along Belgrave Road, from Haymarket Bus Station to Belgrave Circle.

Work to create a new cycle track and improve the route between Abbey Street and Burleys Way, has already been completed.

From early January 2020, a final phase of work will get underway. This will see improvements made to Burleys Way roundabout, where a new shared footpath and cycleway will run underneath the flyover to provide a safer and more direct route onto Belgrave Gate.

A new segregated cycle track and improved footpath will be created along the central reservation linking Burleys Way to Belgrave Circle, building on the improvements made after the removal of the flyover.

On Monday 6 January, the Lotus Flowers sculptures currently located on Burleys Way roundabout will be removed for repairs and repainting.

The artwork will then be relocated to the new open space on Archdeacon Lane, close to the Charter Street Bridge entrance to Abbey Park.

Then from Monday 13 January, construction of the new cycleways and footpath on Belgrave Gate will begin. This will be carried out under off-peak lane restrictions to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.

Work to create a new route across Burleys Way roundabout will begin in the summer. This will require road closures and overnight working.

The scheme is expected to be complete by early autumn 2020.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These major local attractions are just a 15-minute walk from the Clock Tower, and we want to encourage more people to make that short journey by foot or bike.”

The overall Belgrave Gate improvement scheme will cost £2million. This second phase will be mostly funded with Government cash as part of the council’s successful bid for £7.8million from the Transforming Cities Fund.

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