London Road improvement works

As part of the wider Connecting Leicester programme, works are underway to create a safer and more attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians on London Road. This scheme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Further information

By reallocating a small amount of road space, we will be able to introduce dedicated off-road cycle lanes, better bus stops, improved road crossings and wide, high quality pavements. This will help create a much safer and more appealing route for cyclists and pedestrians without compromising this busy route for other road users. It also allows us to introduce some ambitious improvements around the important public transport interchange at the railway station. Work is being carried out in phases to help minimise disruption to local businesses, traffic and other road users.

The outbound bus lane between Conduit Street and Evington Road has now been permanently removed. New cycle lanes will be installed on both sides of the road. A raised kerb alongside the main road will also feature to offer more protection to cyclists and help prevent illegal parking on the cycle lanes.

The scheme will also see the construction of 'Dutch-style' bus stop bays similar to those constructed on Welford Road. These will channel cyclists behind the shelters, helping to improve safety for all road users.

New cycle lanes and improved pavements will continue in front of the railway station, where a new bus-only lane will also be created, which will be camera enforced.

Side roads will be raised to pavement level at their junctions with London Road, helping to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic signals at major junctions will also be revamped to give cyclists a head-start and reduce conflict with traffic turning left.

We have worked closely with input from local bus companies and user groups, city cycling groups and the family of cyclist Sam Boulton, who was tragically killed in an accident outside the railway station. We also asked for expert guidance from Brian Deegan, one of the main authors of Transport for London's cycling design standards.

The £3.9m scheme is part of the wider Connecting Leicester programme, which is improving routes into and through the city centre and helping to make it more attractive to residents, visitors, businesses, investors and developers.

Next phase of works

With the London Road works well under way, soon we will be progressing with resurfacing works in front of the railway station, at the Waterloo Way junction and the Evington Road/Granville Road junction.

Diversions and lane closures will be put in place for the night time resurfacing works. Surfacing of Waterloo Way and Evington Road/Granville Road junctions will take place in a series of short phases between 7pm and 6am, to minimise disruption. 

Some bus services will be affected so please check with your service before travelling.

Below is a summary of the planned works, road closures and diversions:

Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 April

Waterloo Way, clockwise (Railway Station junction) and London Road inbound

Road closures
  • London Road inbound between De Montfort Street and Waterloo Way.
  • Waterloo Way at its junction with London Road, London Road outbound will remain open.
Diversions and other information
  • Signed alternative route provided for inbound traffic via Victoria Park Road, Welford Road and continuing around the ring road.
  • Alternative route via St Georges roundabout and around the ring road

Thursday 11, Saturday 13 and Monday 15 April

Waterloo Way, anti-clockwise

Road closures
  • Waterloo Way anti-clockwise between South Albion Street and Granby Street. No right turn from London Road onto the ring road.
Diversions and other information
  • Signed alternative route for London Road inbound traffic via Tigers Way and follow the signs around the ring road.
  • Some side roads will also be affected: no exit out of South Albion Street or East Street. East Street car park will be open.

Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 and Tuesday 23 April

Waterloo Way, clockwise and London Road inbound

Road closures
  • Waterloo Way clockwise between Charles Street and London Road inbound.
  • London Road outbound between Waterloo Way and Prebend Street.
Diversions and other information
  • London Road inbound will remain open
  • Signed alternative route via St Georges roundabout and around the ring road.
  • Some side roads will also be affected: no exit out of East Street. East Street car park will be open. Station Street will be closed. Conduit Street will be closed up to its junction with Glebe Street.
  • The Railway Station will be closed to traffic. Hackney carriages will drop off and pick up on Conduit Street. A temporary drop off will on Campbell Street.

Wednesday 24 to Thursday 25 April, and Thursday 2 to Friday 3 May

Evington Road/Granville Road junction, section of Evington Road.

Road closures
  • London Road inbound between Mayfield roundabout and Granville Road.
  • Evington Road at its junction with London Road.
Diversions and other information
  • Signed alternative route provided via Victoria Park Road, Welford Road and continuing around inner road
  • Signed alternative route provided via Beckingham Road and Mayfield Road.

Friday 26 and Tuesday 30 April, Wednesday 1 to Thursday 2 May

Evington Road/Granville Road junction including Granville Road

Road closures
  • London Road inbound between Mayfield roundabout and Granville Road.
  • Granville Road at its junction with London Road.
Diversions and other information
  • Signed alternative route provided via Victoria Park Road, Welford Road and continuing around inner ring road.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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