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Belgrave Gate and Mansfield Street link road

We’re planning to improve bus reliability and reduce journey times for buses leaving the city centre by building a new link road between Belgrave Gate and Mansfield Street.

The new link road would provide a much quicker route out of the city centre for buses leaving the Haymarket Bus Station and would also provide a new pedestrian route between Leicester’s two bus stations.

As part of the scheme, Mansfield Street would be upgraded to make it more suitable for buses. 

Planning permission for the proposals was granted in April 2017.

Before the new road could be built, we needed to acquire land required for the scheme, including land in the area currently used as a car park and parts of access roads to properties facing Belgrave Gate and Church Gate. 

Some of the land, including the part of the car park required, has already been purchased from the owners, but it was necessary to use a compulsory purchase order to seek to acquire the rest of the land required. A public inquiry was held in December 2018.

What happens next?

From Saturday 18 July, resurfacing work will take place on the central reservation and inbound carriageway of Belgrave Gate, between Belgrave Circle and Burleys roundabout.

This will involve a full closure of the inbound route for up to seven days. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via Abbey Park Road and St Margaret’s Way (A6).

Lane restrictions will also in place on the outbound carriageway of Belgrave Gate, between Burleys roundabout and Painter Street for two days from Saturday 18 July.

Then, from Saturday 25 July, resurfacing work is due to move to the outbound carriageway which will be closed to traffic for up to four days. Diversions will be in place via St Margaret’s Way and Abbey Park Road, or via St Matthew’s Way, the A47 and onto Dysart Way.

Local diversions will also be in place throughout the works to ensure traffic can access the St Matthew’s small business area and Charter Street industrial estate.

Work to create a new route across Burleys roundabout will begin later this summer. Some overnight road closures will be required. Full details will be publicised nearer the time.

You can view the plan on the documents below: