60 streets across Leicester to be changed to 20mph zones

Around sixty streets across Leicester will be adapted to introduce new 20mph zones in a bid to improve road safety.

The improvement of these streets have been divided into four schemes. The plans have been approved by Sir Peter Soulsby following public consultations with local residents.

The work is part of a citywide programme of introducing 20mph zones in residential streets, often near to schools, where requested by residents.

They are designed to improve road safety and encourage walking and cycling.

Scheme 1 -Belgrave

More than a dozen residential streets are being included in a new 20mph zone in the streets around St Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Thurcaston Road, Belgrave.

Roads included in the scheme include Thurcaston Road, along with Beaumanor Road, Anchor Street, Rose Street, Carnation Street, Drummond Road, Wade Street and Robert Hall Street.

Further north, Wesley Street, Church Road, Day Street, Palmer Street and Talbot Street will also be included.

A public consultation, which took place in July, saw 91 per cent of residents who replied backed the scheme. The city council estimates the scheme will cost about £8,000. It is set to come into effect by the end of 2018.

Scheme 2 – Highfields & Evington

A second scheme is due to get underway in the streets around Medway Primary School in Highfields.

It extends the existing 20mph zone to include streets south of St Peter’s Road, including Avon Street, Medway Street, St Stephens Road, Sutherland Street, Lonsdale Street, Roslyn Street, Laurel Road, Biddulph Avenue, Mere Road, Bartholomew Street, Myrtle Road, Cedar Road, as well as Upper Tichborne Street, Churchill Street, Connaught Street, Hamilton Street, Skipworth Street, Oxford Street and St Albans Road.

It also includes a number of streets to the south of Evington Road, including Abingdon Road, St James Road, St James Terrace, Chaucer Street and Tennyson Street.

Residents who responded to consultation came out in favour of a 20mph scheme by 92 percent. The scheme is expected to cost £17,000 funded by the city council’s Transport Improvement works budget, and could be in place by December 2018.

Scheme 3 – Goodwood

A third 20mph zone is due to get underway in the Goodwood area, with streets around Davenport Road. Eighty-five per cent of the residents here backed the 20mph zone and 72 per cent supported installing traffic-calming measures.

The improvement here will cost approximately £25,000 and will include Greystone Avenue, Withcote Avenue, Westmeath Avenue, Walshe Road, Davenport Road, Bayham Close, Gamel Road, Goodwood Crescent, Harringworth Road, Nelot Way, Skampton Road, Oakside Crescent, Sunnyfield Close, Oakside Close and Beechwood Close.

Speed cushions will be installed at four sites along Davenport Road itself. The measures are due to be in place by February 2019.

Scheme 4 – South Leicester

The fourth scheme has been approved for the streets around Hazel Primary School, near the former Filbert Street football ground.

It will expand upon the existing 20mph zone in effect in the area north of Walnut Street. The new zone will include Brazil Street, Sawday Street, Hazel Street, Filbert Street East, New Bridge Street, as well as Lineker Way, Filbert Street, Coniston Avenue and Buttermere Street.

In total the scheme will cost about £20,000 to implement and is expected to be in place by December 2018.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This ongoing programme of 20mph zones in residential areas across Leicester is part of the city council’s work to make roads safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians, and especially in areas around schools.”

“These latest 20mph schemes will extend the work we’ve already done by including around 60 additional streets, in areas where residents have told us that they want to see these measures.”