Views being sought on proposed road link
Published on 05 March 2018
PEOPLE are being asked for their views on a proposed new road link connecting Aylestone Road and Welford Road.
Leicester City Council is proposing the new road using the route of the existing Putney Road, which currently serves as a one-way system around the Commercial Square industrial estate at Freemen’s Common.
The plans involve connecting the end section of Putney Road West directly to Aylestone Road, to create a through-route to the junction of Welford Road and Victoria Park Road.
The scheme is being proposed to provide a link between the west and east of the city and reduce congestion in the surrounding area, as well as improving access for residents and businesses.
It would also provide a better route between Welford Road and Saffron Lane, improve links between sports facilities such as Grace Road cricket ground, the King Power Stadium and the Leicester Tigers’ ground at Welford Road, and incorporate better cycling and pedestrian facilities.
A public consultation is being launched today (Fri 2 Mar) to give people a chance to view the plans and give their opinions. It runs until 29 April.
A series of drop-in sessions is also due to take place giving information and a chance to discuss the plans.
They take place as follows:
Geeta Bhavan, 70 Clarendon Park Road, LE2 3AD
Tuesday 13 March, 5.30-7.30pm
Saffron Resources Centre, 432 Saffron Lane, LE2 6SB
Thursday 15 March, 11am-4pm
Big Shed Conferences, 93 Commercial Square, LE2 7SJ
Tuesday 20 March, 4.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 27 March, 9.30am-12.30pm
The Department for Transport has made £3.43million available to the city council for the project, from its National Productivity Investment Fund, and the city council is contributing £1.5million from its own capital programme.
Work would be carried out at the junction of Aylestone Road/Saffron Lane/Putney Road West, and also at the junction of Freemen’s Common and Commercial Square. It is proposed to begin in autumn 2018 and continue until summer 2019.
Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These proposals would create a much-needed road link between Welford Road and Saffron Lane, which is currently only possible by cutting through the residential streets in Knighton Fields.
“In contrast, the existing route of Putney Road between Welford Road and Aylestone Road is surrounded largely by industrial premises and warehouses.
“The scheme would involve improving that route by making parts of it two-way, widening the pavements and adding some new lanes for turning at the junctions, as well as creating some new cyclist and pedestrian crossings.
“Creating a more easily-accessible, better-connected route across this part of the city would in turn ease congestion on other parts of the road network and benefit motorists across the city.
“This consultation process is the chance for people to see the plans, ask questions and give their views, so we can taken them into account in the decision-making process.”
Traffic redistribution projections carried out by the council have shown that the proposals could lead to a significant decrease in rush-hour traffic along roads including Clarendon Park Road, Oakland Road, Knighton Fields Road West and Knighton Lane East. There would be a slight increase in morning rush-hour traffic along Victoria Park Road.
This would lead to a saving in carbon dioxide of 340 tonnes a year – the equivalent to 250,000 miles of driving by a heavy goods vehicle.
The consultation is online at: consultations.leicester.gov.uk