New proposals

I asked for comments and feedback on the Welford Road and Belvoir Street works and now ask the same for the Belgrave Gate improvements. All are part of the ongoing Connecting Leicester programme.

Further information

Old Town streets improvement

We’re proposing to make improvements to five streets in our Greyfriars conservation area, extending improvements recently completed on Applegate, Peacock Lane and around Hotel Street.

New Street, Wycliffe Street and Marble Street will be reconstructed in natural porphyry sets stone to match improvement recently made on Applegate and Peacock Lane.

Friars Lane and Millstone Lane will also be improved, with footpaths reconstructed with high-quality concrete block paving and carriageways resurfaced in asphalt.

Footpaths would be widened, and new trees planted, to create more attractive route for pedestrians through the historic area. The proposals would also bring the five streets into the existing restricted zone around Peacock Lane.

A public exhibition of the proposals took place at Guildhall on Tuesday 22 March.

The plans were then displayed at the Adult Education Centre, Belvoir Street, until 11 April 2016.

Other proposed improvements

Along Belvoir Street the pavements have been widened and reconstructed in high quality materials. A contraflow cycle lane has been introduced to provide a link from the cycle lane on Newarke Street to the one on Welford Road. 

The Belvoir Street proposals have seen loading bays maintained and pay and display parking moved onto Stamford Street. We have also removed of traffic signals along Belvoir Street.

The next phase of development begins Spring 2017.

More detailed plans of Belvoir Street can be found below:

Belgrave Gate improvements

We’re proposing to improve the stretch of the road linking Leicester’s Golden Mile to the city centre. The idea is to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists along Belgrave Gate, from the new Haymarket Bus Station to Belgrave Circle.

A new off-road cycle lane will be created on both sides of Belgrave Gate, between Abbey Street and Burleys Way, and footpaths will be reconstructed. The road will be narrowed, with the traffic lanes reduce to one in each direction. The road will be resurfaced, with bus stops and new loading bays built in.

Improvements will also be proposed to the Burleys Way roundabout, with a new shared footpath and cycleway running underneath the flyover, proving a more direct and safer route along Belgrave Gate.

The existing Lotus Flowers public art could be relocated to nearby Archdeacon Lane next to Charter Street, where a new bridge is due to be installed to provide an additional entrance into Abbey Park.

North of Burleys Way, a separate cycleway and footpath will be created along the central reservation, to link in with improvements made to Belgrave Circle following the removal of the flyover. This will require the removal of the existing inbound bus lane between Melton Street and St Mark's Street. 

If the Belgrave Gate proposals are given the go-ahead, work is expected to begin in January 2018 and could take up to a year to complete.

You can view the plans and artists impressions on the documents below:

If you have any questions, you can visit the sessions stated below where staff will be available to answer any queries:

  • Haymarket Station: Wednesday 26 July between 11am and 2pm and Tuesday 1 August, 4pm-6pm
  • Leicester College - Abbey Park Campus: Thursday 27 July 12pm-2pm.

The plans will be displayed at Haymarket Bus Station from 1-18 August.

You can also submit your comments/queries to us by email using the following email address: transport-strategyenquiries@leicester.gov.uk

The closing date for comments on the plans is 18 August.