Drivers reminded of road closures on London Road

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Motorists are being reminded that a busy route into and out of Leicester will be closed in both directions for three weekends in a row for road works.

Major resurfacing will be carried out as part of an ongoing £3.9million scheme to improve London Road.

The work – which will see the stretch of road between its junctions with Waterloo Way and Evington Road completely resurfaced – will take place from Thursday 11 July and will see the road closed to traffic for up to three weekends.

The resurfacing is a vital part of the ongoing London Road improvement scheme. The £3.9 million project is radically revamping the route between Granby Street and the Mayfield Road roundabout to create a safer and more appealing route for pedestrians and cyclists, improve services for bus users and significantly improve the condition of the road for motorists.

The road surface is in a generally poor condition and beginning to fail in some areas and the project provides an opportunity to completely renew the carriageway.

On Thursday 11 July, resurfacing work will take place immediately outside the railway station, on the newly constructed bus-only lane. This will mean London Road will be closed to outbound through traffic close to its junction with Waterloo Way overnight from 7pm until 5am. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via Waterloo Way, Welford Road and Victoria Park Road.

Work will continue overnight outside the Railway on Friday 12 July from 7pm, with an additional overnight road closure in place at the junction of London Road and Evington Road. Diversions for traffic wanting to access Evington Road will be in place via Beckingham Road and Mayfield Road.

Then from Saturday 13 July at 7pm, the full length of London Road between Waterloo Way and Evington Road/Granville Road will be closed to traffic in both directions for the weekend. Clearly signed diversions for will be in place via Waterloo Way and Mayfield Road roundabout.

London Road will remain closed to inbound traffic for the next five days, before a second full closure comes into effect from Friday 19 July at 7pm for the full weekend. 

A third weekend closure will then come into effect from Friday 26 July at 7pm if required.

The work will see about 13,000sqm of carriageway being resurfaced involving the removal and relaying of nearly 3000 tonnes of asphalt.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works and businesses will be open as normal. Nearby car parking at Victoria Park, East Street and Dover Street will operate as normal.

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