Transport improvements due for Ashton Green

Published on 27 November 2015

A RANGE of transport improvements is due to be made to the road network around a major new housing development in Leicester.

Ashton Green, in the northwest of the city, is planned as a sustainable community of about 3,000 new homes, and Leicester City Council has drawn up a package of improvements to ensure the surrounding transport infrastructure is in place.

The next phase of work involves creating 100 new homes at Ashton Green, meaning the transport improvements also need to be put in place.

People will get a chance to have their say on the designs of the proposed works, which involve parts of Bennion Road, Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester Road, Greengate Lane and Bevan Road.

The Bennion Road/Beaumont Leys Lane roundabout will get new lane markings to slow traffic, while Beaumont Leys Lane north of Bennion Road will get a new cycle lane and shared cycle/footway.

New crossing points and traffic calming will also be installed at the junction of Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester Road and Greengate Lane, and a 20mph speed limit will be brought in for a 120-metre section of Leicester Road north of Greengate Lane.

A new shared cycle/footway will is planned for Leicester Road inbound, with new access and crossing points. The footway on Leicester Road between the A46 bridge and Greengate Lane will also be widened to create a shared cycle and footway.

Planned improvements include footway widening to create shared pedestrian and cycle routes on Beaumont Leys Lane north of Bennion Road, and on Leicester Road from the Greengate Lane junction to the A46 bridge. 

At the Bevan Road roundabout, there will be new crossing and traffic calming measures, and a cycle lane added to Leicester Road north of the Bevan Road roundabout. A new 30pmh speed limit would also be brought in between the Bevan Rod roundabout and the A46 bridge, along with traffic calming measures and new street lighting.

Public transport will also get a boost, with the planned extension of the existing First Bus service 26 to include a loop along Beaumont Leys Lane and Leicester Road, to Bevan Road. 

People can get further information and give their views on the designs online until December 21, 2015, by visiting:

Views given online will play a role in the final designs, which will go before the City Mayor in the new year. If approved, work can begin soon after.

Leicester assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “With much of the emphasis being on creating a sustainable development at Ashton Green, it’s vital that sustainable transport options also play such a key role in the planning.

“We want people to give us their views on the transport proposals, which we will use both to help shape the final designs and to prioritise the work which is needed most.”

Developer Morris Homes will create a range of three and four-bedroomed family homes at Ashton Green, including affordable housing, designed to meet high standards of sustainability.

It will be the most significant and innovative housing scheme in Leicester in more than 30 years, and will be a major step towards providing the number of new homes needed in the city over the next 20 years. 

Previous improvements to the area’s transport infrastructure have already opened up areas of employment land and generate much-needed new jobs, including the new Samworth Brothers factory development.

Leicester City Council is leading on guiding the design of Ashton Green, working with developers and retaining control over the future development as the landowner and planning authority.

In addition to housing, the completed Ashton Green scheme will include employment land for new jobs, new schools, community and health facilities, and retail. A third of the site will be kept as green space.