Council secures cash for local road network in Leicester

Published on 20 October 2017

GOVERNMENT funding of more than £5million is on its way to Leicester to improve the local road network for drivers and bus users.

The Department for Transport announced yesterday (19 October) that city council bids for two schemes – one that will create a new link between Welford Road and Saffron Lane/Aylestone Road and a second that will improve journey times for bus passengers in the city – have both been successful.

Subject to local consultation, the council plans to create a short section of new road that will link Putney Road West with Saffron Lane and Aylestone Road, improving access to the Freemen’s Common industrial estate and relieving congestion in the area.

Adjacent junctions will be redesigned as part of the scheme, which is due to get under way next summer.

The Department for Transport has pledged £3.4million towards the costs of the £4.9million scheme, which will take around 12 months to complete.

Also receiving funding is a £2.9million scheme that will include a new direct link for buses between St Margaret’s Bus Station and the inner ring road. The short section of new road will cut journey times for passengers and improve bus reliability.

The scheme will also address highway ‘pinch points’ along key bus routes, with plans for new bus priority measures to help improve bus journey times – including new inbound bus lanes on Groby Road towards Blackbird Road, and on Narborough Road towards Fullhurst Avenue – and new camera enforcement covering the bus lanes on Uppingham Road.

Department for Transport funding of £2million will support the programme of bus priority works, which will get under way in summer 2018.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This is welcome support from the Department for Transport for our plans to improve the local road network.

“The new link road at Putney Road West will bring significant benefits for drivers, helping to reduce congestion in a key area around the Leicester Royal Infirmary, the universities and our sports stadiums, and improving traffic flow at a major junction.

“It will also improve access to the Freemen’s Common industrial estate, opening up new opportunities for economic regeneration and growth in the area.”

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “This programme of works will help make bus travel more attractive to passengers by tackling some of the pinch points on our highways which are affecting journey time and reliability.

“By introducing new priority and enforcement measures on key bus routes, and creating a new short cut from St Margaret’s Bus Station to the inner ring road, we hope to make significant improvements to passenger journey times in Leicester.”

The Department for Transport’s £5.4million award to Leicester is part of the National Productivity Investment Fund for the Local Road Network.

Details of the funding allocation are available here: www.gov.uk/government/news