Roadworks over school holidays close key city roads

A number of roads across Leicester are due to be closed temporarily during the school half-term holidays for repair and resurfacing work.

Work will be taking place in three main areas over the coming two weeks. These are:

  • Saffron Lane in Aylestone
  • Heacham Drive in Beaumont Leys
  • Glenfield Road/Glenfield Road East in New Parks/ West End

Leicester City Council said it needs to carry out the repair works during the school holidays, when there is usually 10-15% less traffic on the roads.

In the south of the city, work will be carried out on a section of Saffron Lane between Copinger Road up to and including the Heathcott Road junction. The work will cost about £110,000 and will see 3,830 square metres of carriageway resurfaced.

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The work will take place from Sunday 15 October to Wednesday 18 October and will mean Saffron Lane will be closed to outbound traffic. All inbound traffic will continue as normal.

Saffron Lane will re-open briefly to two-way traffic on the evening of Monday 16 October, to accommodate the extra traffic for the Leicester City V West Bromwich match at the King Power Stadium.

Meanwhile, in the north of the city, Heacham Drive will need urgent reconstruction work to repair areas of broken concrete and resurfacing of the road. The work will cost £70,000 and take five days from Monday 16 October to Saturday 21 October. The road will be closed to all through traffic during this period.

In the west of the city, maintenance work to a crossing will see an inbound closure of Glenfield Road, between New Parks Way and Letchworth Road, during off-peak times (9.30am to 3pm) between 15 – 19 October.

Leicester City Council’s Highways director, Martin Fletcher, said: “We understand that the works will disrupt people who live nearby and motorists who rely on these routes, but the work has to be carried out.”

“Diversion signs will be in place, and traffic marshals will be on site where residents and businesses are affected by the works.

“I would just remind people to take a moment to plan an alternative route during these works, and allow extra journey time.”

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