Motorists reminded ahead of A50 major works

Published on 06 April 2017

MOTORISTS are being reminded that a section of one of Leicester’s busiest roads will close for a few days this Easter to enable resurfacing work to take place.

The work needs to be carried out on the outbound carriageway of the A50 Groby Road, between Garland Crescent and the New Parks Way roundabout.

Inbound traffic will be able to continue using Groby Road as normal. 

The A50 is a key route between the city centre and Gilroes Cemetery, Glenfield Hospital and County Hall.

The road will be closed outbound at the junction of Groby Road and Fosse Road North from the evening of Saturday, April 8, until the morning of Thursday, April 13. 

During the Saturday, there will be a single-lane closure between 7am and 1pm, affecting Groby Road outbound along with the side streets of Darlington Road and Mary Road.

The road will be fully closed outbound from 1pm on Saturday, April 8, until 5am on Thursday, April 13.

However, from 5am on Monday, April 10, traffic exiting Heathley Park Drive will be able to turn right towards New Parks Way roundabout following the completion of work along that section of road.

Through traffic will be diverted outbound along Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Glenfrith Way.

Warning signs are in place on the inner ring road from Vaughan Way, offering traffic the option of using St Margaret’s Way, Abbey Lane, Red Hill Way and Krefeld Way. 

Inbound bus services will operate normally throughout the works. During the closure on April 8 and 9, the only outbound bus stops served in the area will be the stop west of Fosse Road junction and the outbound stops on Buckminster Road. From April 10 the regular stops, or replacement temporary stops, will be served.

The works are part of ongoing improvements to traffic links between the A46 Western Bypass, the north west of Leicester and the city centre.

The poor condition of the carriageway has been raised locally by ward councillors and residents, including a petition complaining about the noise of traffic using the uneven, damaged road surface.

Leicester City Council’s director of highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “Once again the Easter holidays are almost upon us, which means a chance for us to carry out major roadworks when the levels are traffic are much lighter.

“Anyone who uses this section of the A50 will now how badly it is need of repair, and these works will enable us to resurface it.

“Because we have to completely remove the road surface, repair beneath it and then relay a new road surface, it’s inevitable that we will have to close the lanes affected while the work is being carried out.

“I’d encourage people planning to travel out of the city westwards to plan their journey accordingly, using the Choose How You Move journey planner at:  www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk

The scheme is being funded as part of the council’s wider highway maintenance capital programme, which will see over £3.7million invested in road maintenance during 2017/18.

This sum includes the recently-announced additional £856k of Productivity Investment Funding from the Department for Transport. That money is aimed at road schemes such as the A50 works, which are improving the road network to link key growth areas in the city and North West Leicestershire.

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