New 20mph zone due to be introduced in Clarendon Park

Published on 21 April 2017

A NEW 20mph speed limit is due to be introduced in residential streets between the Clarendon Park and Knighton areas of the city.

The planned new scheme by Leicester City Council will include over a dozen streets between Queens Road and London Road, and follows consultation with local residents and businesses.

Streets included in the scheme are Cedars Court, St Mary’s Road, Knighton Park Road, along with The Avenue, North Avenue, West Avenue, Central Avenue and East Avenue.

Roads joining Queens Road are also in the scheme, including the easternmost section of Howard Road, Cecilia Road, Montague Road, and the length of Clarendon Park Road between Queens Road and its junction with London Road.

South of Clarendon Park Road, the residential streets of Portland Road, Cross Road and Springfield Road will also be included.

Physical traffic calming measures will also be installed in Clarendon Park Road, in the form of two sets of speed cushions near St John the Baptist Primary School, and by adding a road hump to the existing zebra crossing between the school and St John the Baptist’s Church.

Consultations carried out locally showed that 88 percent of residents and business that responded agreed with the planned 20mph zone, and 76 percent in favour of the traffic calming measures.

The scheme is expected to cost about £28,000, funded by Leicester City Council’s Transport Capital Programme.

Detailed designs for the scheme are due to be drawn up in May and June, with the traffic calming measures installed, and the scheme completed, by July / August 2017.

The planned scheme is the latest in a series of 20mph zones in residential areas, typically near schools, where there has been local support for measures to cut traffic speeds, improve safety and encourage cycling and walking. 

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