Page updated on 22nd May 2014:
We've now demolished Belgrave Flyover as part of our preparations to make improvements to the wider area.
The completion of the demolition works ends a major phase in the project to remove the flyover and carry out a range of highway improvements in the area.
Demolishing the old Sainsbury’s store
Work to demolish the former Sainsbury’s store at Belgrave Road is now underway. The work is being carried out by contractor Longcross Construction, along with local firm AR Demolition, and is due to be completed in mid May.
Working hours on site will be 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, with no works planned to take place during weekends or Bank Holidays.
This work will not affect access to the site for those wishing to shop at B&M.
If you have any questions during these works, please call a member of the Sainsbury’s Community Affairs team on freephone number 0800 975 5299.
Traffic and travel information
We're still expecting the works to cause some ongoing disruption to buses and other traffic going into and out of the area.
We're working with bus companies, works contractors and other partners to minimise potential disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience this situation may cause to your travel arrangements.
You can get information on affected bus services here. Motorists can get information on affected routes and diversions here.
Motorists can also avoid traffic disruption by using Park and Ride services, particularly the one based at Birstall, which comes into Leicester via the A6.
Get real time updates
You can get real time traffic updates throughout the works at twitter.com/atcleicester and BBC Leicester (104.9FM)*.
Our demolition consultation
Before demolition work started, we asked residents and local businesses to give us their views on two proposed options for demolishing the flyover.
We had nearly 1,000 responses to our consultation. Two-thirds backed the short option to carry out the work over nine weeks. A third of responses supported the longer option of demolishing the flyover over 14 weeks.
The result was announced by Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, and Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 31st January.
Two people who responded helped us start the demolition works on Saturday 15th February
- Dhamjibhai Parmar and Kuvarben Parmar, who are both residents at the nearby ASRA sheltered housing complex.
Improving our Golden Mile
We’re carrying out the project with our partners, Sainsbury’s*, which involves demolishing the Belgrave Flyover, landscaping and making road improvements at the roundabout plus creating new parking spaces close to the Golden Mile.
The project is designed to improve connections between the Golden Mile and Leicester city centre. It will also help create a better environment for road users while helping efforts to regenerate the Golden Mile.
The bigger project
The flyover demolition works will be completed by early April. This will be followed by further works, including all road improvements and the creation of 78 new parking spaces for local shoppers and businesses.
The majority of the improvement works will be completed by October 2014, in time for Belgrave's annual Diwali celebrations along the Golden Mile and Cossington Street Recreation Ground.
Get more information
Read our extensive list of questions and answers.
You can also call our Customer Services team on 0116 454 1000 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.
Find out more on how we're transforming our city at leicester.gov.uk/connectingleicester.
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