Plans have been revealed for a major transformation of a stretch of Leicester’s busy London Road.
Leicester City Council is proposing a £2.9milllion revamp of the busy route between Granby Street and the Mayfield Road roundabout, to create a safer and more appealing route for pedestrians and cyclists.
New off-road ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes will be created – one inbound and one outbound – on either side of the road between Granby Street and Victoria Park.
The two lanes for traffic will continue to be retained in both directions. However, the outbound bus lane will be removed to provide space for the new cycle lanes, with new pavements created.
The improved pavements and new cycle lanes will continue to the railway station, where options for a bus-only lane or a drop-off point for motorists are still being considered.
The central reservation here will be completely remodelled to provide a safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.
A new two-way cycle track is also proposed alongside Victoria Park to provide a continuous link to existing cycle lanes from the Mayfield Road roundabout.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We’re proposing a fairly radical revamp of London Road which will bring about major improvements.”
“It’s an ambitious scheme but there really is no easy solution here. London Road is a busy route and the area in front of the railway station is an important public transport interchange.”
More details about the plans will be revealed next week and can be viewed on the council’s website.
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