Vaughan Way improvement works FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers relating to our improvement works on Vaughan Way and Great Central Street.

Further information

The project

What does this project involve?

The highway works on Vaughan Way and Great Central Street are part of a £50m redevelopment project by Charles Street Buildings; this scheme received planning permission in October 2017 and work is now underway. The development scheme includes:

  • Two hotels;
  • 35,000 sq ft of office accommodation;
  • Refurbishment of Great Central Station;
  • High quality public realm including the removal of traffic from Great Central Street and;
  • Super crossing at Vaughan Way linking the new development with the wider Waterside area.

Why is this work being done?

The highway works are part of the City Mayor’s Connecting Leicester programme. The super crossing and new public realm will create connectivity with the new development site and the new Waterside development.

What will be the benefits?

Over £50m of private sector investment resulting in a site which has been vacant for almost forty years will be brought back into economic use. The site will create permanent jobs and hundreds of construction jobs.

The development will create a new area of high quality public realm and greater connectivity between the city centre and the Waterside. 

The new development creates a high level of confidence in this part of the city stimulating further private sector development in the area.

How much will the work cost? Who is paying for it and who is carrying it out?

The highway works are approximately £3m of the contract. Charles Street Builders contractor is responsible for delivering the whole scheme, of which the highway works are an element.

We are contributing £2.4m towards the highway works. The developer is responsible for the balance of highway costs and all new public realm costs.

What will it look like when finished?

Artists impressions of the development can be viewed on the Vaughan Way improvement works page.

When will the work take place?

Construction work began in January 2018. The highway works will take approximately forty weeks and is therefore anticipated to be completed in autumn. The overall development is due for completion in August 2019.

What was the planning process?

Planning permission was granted for the development in October 2017. The highway works didn’t require planning approval.


Will traffic be disrupted?

Phase one and two of major transport changes have now been completed. This included alterations at the junction of Vaughan Way and Highcross Street and a slight adjustment to the road layout. The next phase includes resurfacing of the road. 

Will a diversion be put in place?

Works which prevented traffic from being able to turn left onto Vaughan Way have now been completed.

Any further works that will require a diversion to be put into place will be displayed.

Will lanes be closed?

The work also involves some overnight lane closures between 7pm and 6am but two lanes will remain open to traffic at all times.

What other traffic measures will be in place?

Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction during the works.

The local area

Will there be noise disruption for local residents and businesses?

Unfortunately, disruption is inevitable. Residents and businesses living near the redevelopment areas will be kept up to date on issues such as noise and disruption from the works. 

We expect noise disruption during the resurfacing works in September to be significant. However we are taking the approach which gets the work done in the fastest possible time, in order to minimise the amount of time noise affects local residents.

More information

If you have any other queries or concerns, please contact our customer service centre on 0116 454 1001 between 8am and 6pm (Monday to Friday).

In an emergency, please call 07813 565 589. 

The plans for the works are attached at the bottom of this page.