Ongoing transport projects
Plans and proposals for projects which are part of the Connecting Leicester and Transforming Cities Fund programme.
Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects
Below is a summary of the forthcoming Transforming Cities Fund projects which are currently being developed and will feature on this page in due course:
Theme 1: City Centre hubs and links
- New city centre electric bus service linking all transport, retail, employment, educational and hospital hubs to provide quick and easy access
Theme 2: Park and Ride hubs and links
- Improved frequency and electrification of two park and ride bus services to provide car drivers a real alternative choice to driving into the city
- Bus priority measures delivering improved frequency for the Enderby Park and Ride service (and other commercial services) reducing the current journey time for users.
- A new park and ride service/interchange at Beaumont Leys District Shopping Centre, supporting existing commercial routes into the city centre to provide more travel choice
- New electric park and ride service from Beaumont Leys to Glenfield Hospital providing easy access to the hospital
Theme 3: Green Growth Corridors
- Breaching the Central Ring Road and delivering connectivity to corridors in North, South and West of the City Centre
- Bus demonstration corridors and priority measures in North West/South West sectors of city boosting speed and reliability.
- High quality cycling and walking infrastructure in North West/South West sectors of city.
- A neighbourhood cycling and walking scheme in Beaumont Leys to deliver neighbourhood level enhanced connectivity and transport integration.
Theme 4: City Connectivity
- Smart ticketing via contactless bank cards and mobile phones integrating all bus operator systems
- Real time information at all main bus stops and improved waiting facilities on priority bus corridors
- Traffic signal priority for late running buses at key junctions
- Improved waiting facilities at bus stops
Melton Road improvements
We are now planning to make improvements to the A607 Melton Road between Sandringham Avenue and Troon Way. A plan showing the improvements on the A607 Introduction of new outbound bus lane between Sandringham Avenue and Troon Way.
- Extend the existing inbound bus lane to cover the length between Troon Way to Glencoe Avenue.
- Alterations to the toucan crossings at the A607 Melton Road/Lanesborough Road roundabout.
- Introduction of bus lane camera enforcement.
We will also be undertaking the following as part of the works on the A607 Melton Road.
- The reduction in the number of lanes for general traffic supports the need for a reduced speed limit on the A607 Melton Road between the city/county boundary and the existing 30mph speed limit. The reduced speeds will help make the area feel less car dominated and benefit more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
- The installation of a LED Variable Message Sign on the inbound side of the A607 Melton Road at the Humberstone Lane junction.
- General maintenance work to the A607 Melton Road between Lanesborough Road and Troon Way to repair any surface defects and refresh signing and lining.
- Introduction of new bus stops comprising real time bus information.
- Maintenance items on the A607 Melton Road (between Sandringham Avenue and Troon Way).
The improvements are planned to commence on a phased basis this autumn and we aim to have the work complete by the Spring 2022.
Anstey Lane/Buckminster Road improvements
We were recently awarded funds from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund to deliver a series of pedestrian, cycling and public transport improvements in the north west and south west of the city. The package of work will focus on major sustainable transport improvements to provide attractive choices for people to access places work, education and other facilities whilst supporting the city’s growth and delivering on the council’s climate emergency, air quality and healthy living commitments. As part of this programme, transport improvement works are planned for Anstey Lane and Buckminster Road:
This scheme will include:
- A new bus lane on Anstey Lane between Buckminster Road and Blackbird Road to improve journey times
- A new shared 3m cycleway on the south footway between Buckminster Road and Avebury Avenue (meets with existing shared cycleway on the footway in front of English Martyrs School).
- A new shared 3m cycleway/footway on Anstey Lane between Great Meadow Road and Darenth Drive (meets with existing cycle facilities on the footway up to Krefeld Way).
- Raised tables at side roads and a new pedestrian crossing to create a safer route.
- The removal of three trees will be required to enable these improvement works. We will replant six trees nearby in a more suitable location.
We will be introducing an experimental closure of Buckminster Road between Brading Road and Anstey Lane to prevent the road from being used as a ‘rat run’, and to create a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as providing a quieter and more attractive area for residents. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain unchanged.
There will the opportunity for people to comment during the first six months of the experiment, after which the scheme will be reviewed. The council would only consider adopting a permanent scheme following consideration of comments received during the experimental scheme together with analysis of any relevant survey information gathered. To have your say on the experimental Traffic Regulation Order process, look out for notices in the local area and in local media.
Plans, programme, traffic management and diversions
The proposed plans for the works can be seen above.
The improvements are planned to commence on a phased basis from June 2021 for approximately six months.
Please see below for diagrammatic plan of proposed phasing and closures.
Please note that some bus routes will be affected by the works as follows:
First Bus Service 74
- Inbound will be via Avebury Avenue/Somerset Avenue/Parker Drive/Blackbird Road/Ravensbridge Drive for Phase 1 inbound.
- Outbound route as normal. Some stops may be re-positioned.
Centrebus Service 154
- Inbound will be via Somerset Avenue/Parker Drive/Blackbird Road/Ravensbridge Drive for Phase 1.
- Outbound route as normal. Some stops will be re-positioned.
You can see the letter of notification issued to residents and businesses, including contact details for the Contractor and Project Manager, below:
Connecting Leicester Neighbourhoods – Beaumont Leys
We are going to upgrade Beaumont Walk and Lismore Walk to ensure these routes are well-connected, accessible and safe for pedestrians and cyclists. The existing path will be widened and resurfaced. Street lighting and signage will also be renewed, where required.
Works will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption, but this means that sections of the path will be closed. Appropriate diversion routes for cyclists and pedestrians will be in place. The first phase of works between Beaumont Leys Lane and Calder Road have been completed. Works will now continue along the next section of the route from Calder Road to Bishopdale Road.
Works have also commenced to remove the Lismore Walk underpass beneath Strasbourg Drive. The underpass will be filled in and the area will be re-landscaped to create new shared footpaths and cycle routes to the north and south of Strasbourg Drive. A new parallel zebra crossing will also be installed. The works are expected to take 4 months to complete.
The scheme is part funded by the Department for Transport Transforming Cities Fund.
Belgrave Gate improvements
We are on site at present improving the stretch of the road linking Leicester’s Golden Mile to the city centre to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists along Belgrave Gate, from Haymarket Bus Station to Belgrave Circle.
New off-road cycle lanes on both sides of Belgrave Gate, between Abbey Street and Burleys Way have been created and footpaths reconstructed. The road has been resurfaced and bus stops and new loading bays provided.
Improvements are currently taking place to the Burleys Way roundabout, with a new shared footpath and cycleway running underneath the flyover, proving a more direct and safer route along Belgrave Gate.
The existing Lotus Flowers public art were relocated to nearby Archdeacon Lane next to Charter Street, where a new bridge has been installed to provide an additional entrance into Abbey Park.
North of Burleys Way, a separate cycleway and footpath has now been created along the central reservation, to link in with improvements made to Belgrave Circle following the removal of the flyover.
Resurfacing work will be carried out around Burleys roundabout and its slip roads from Monday 11 January. The work will involve overnight road closures between 6pm and 6am on weekdays for up to three weeks.
You can view the plans and artists impressions on the documents below:
- Belgrave Gate north consultation plan (PDF)
- Belgrave Gate north image (JPEG)
- Belgrave Gate south consultation plan (PDF)
- Belgrave Gate south image (JPEG)
- Belgrave Gate north plan 2019 (PDF)
Clock Tower and Church Gate street improvements
Following the opening of Savoy Street, which provides a new route for buses serving the north and west of the city, the city centre pedestrian zone has been extended to include Haymarket and a section of Church Gate. Work is now taking place to improve the public realm in the extended pedestrian zone using high quality surfacing to create an environment that encourages greater footfall which will support businesses and encourage regeneration in the area. The project also includes the provision of a new taxi rank on Belgrave Gate near the theatre steps.
Work is also taking place to repave the area around the clock tower in natural porphyry stone paving. These works will create a significant area of open space in a key area of the city centre.
The work around the clock tower is programmed to complete in late autumn 2021 with the completion of work on Church Gate programmed for Spring 2021.
Granby Street regeneration gateway
We are planning to pedestrianise part of Granby Street and deliver a series of infrastructure improvements on Northampton Street and Dover Street to create a high-quality gateway into the city centre. Key features of the scheme include:
- Pedestrianisation of Granby Street between its junction with Northampton Street and the Central Ring Road.
- Filling in existing bays on Granby Street to create a wider footway and raising the carriageway to provide a level surface.
- Alterations to the Granby Street contra-flow cycle lane to improve conditions for cyclists.
- Closure of the Dover Street junction with Granby Street and alterations to Dover Street itself to maintain local access.
- Narrowing the carriageway on Northampton Street to create a wider footway.
- The creation of a new loading bay at Northampton Square.
- General public realm enhancements including new trees.
Horsefair Street and Pocklington's Walk
We’re going to improve these streets which form a key route into the city centre from the south and especially for buses. Footways will be widened and segregated cycle facilities provided where necessary. Bus stops and taxi ranks will be relocated and the whole space made more user friendly. The footway and existing carriageway space will be reconstructed to provide improved footways and a contraflow cycle lane, with new paving block materials used along footpaths.
A new path has been formed within Town Hall Square to link to Dolphin Square and the Market.
This scheme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and work is due to get underway on Pocklington’s Walk November 2020. The overall improvement scheme will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption, but some road closures will be required. Details will be publicised closer to the start date.
You can see plans and artist impressions below:
- Horsefair Street plan (PDF)
- Pocklington's Walk plan (PDF)
You can see the letter of notification issued to residents and businesses, including contact details for the Contractor, below:
The traffic management for the latest phase of the works can be seen on the below plan. This phase is due to run from March 2021 to June 2021. Further traffic management plans will be published here as and when they are live.
Disabled parking is available throughout the duration of the works on:
- Friars Lane
- Bowling Green Street
- Bishops Street
Please follow diversion route to access.
Additional disabled parking bays will be available on:
- Market Place South from end of July
- Horsefair Street from end of June
Market Place South/Dolphin Square
As part of the continuing improvements to the market area, we are going to improve this street to complement the other works that have already taken place. This will include improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and making circulation through the area much easier, especially for pedestrians.
In addition, a building has already been demolished to make a much better visual and physical pedestrian connection between the Market and Town Hall Square through Dolphin Square.
This scheme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and works on Market Place South will commence November 2020.
You can see the plan below:
You can see the letter of notification issued to residents and businesses, including contact details for the Contractor, below:
The traffic management for latest phase of the works can be seen on the below plan. This phase is due to run from November 2020 to February 2021. Further traffic management plans will be published here as and when they are live.
St Margaret's Bus StationLeicester’s St Margaret’s Bus Station is now temporarily closed to the public. The building will be demolished and replaced by a new, energy efficient building that is set to be the first carbon neutral bus station in the UK. Construction work is due to begin late-spring 2021. Further information about the project can be found on the St Margaret's Bus Station section.
Temporary bus stops will be in place whilst the work is carried out. Details can be found on the map below:
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