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Transforming Cities Fund Projects

Forthcoming Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects which are currently being developed.

  • New city centre electric bus service linking all transport, retail, employment, educational and hospital hubs to provide quick and easy access

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Improved waiting facilities at bus stops

 

Projects

Below are details of the project we propose to deliver as part of the TCF programme. If you wish to comment on any of the projects before the deadline shown in the text for each project, please email  transport.strategy@leicester.gov.uk.

Transport improvement works will commence in Autumn 2022 on Fosse Road North (from the Stephenson Drive junction), FiveWays junction, Buckminster Road (to the Colwell Road junction), Woodgate, Northgate Street, Frog Island and Great Central Street. The improvement works will include the introduction of cycle lanes, new/enhanced pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities, and safety improvements at the FiveWays junction. The Introduction of improved pedestrian priority and cycle infrastructure will help encourage active modes of travel and reduce the reliance on private car use, particularly for short distance journeys.

Fosse Road North

  • Removal of mini roundabout at the junction with Stephenson Drive and replace with a signalised junction;
  • New bus lane with associated signing and lining – may require minor carriageway widening;
  • Footway widening to accommodate a segregated cycle lane on the northern footpath;
  • Level crossing points across Central Road and Bonchurch Street;
  • Improved access to Rally Park.

FiveWays junction (Blackbird Rd/Woodgate/Fosse Rd North/Groby Rd/Buckminster Rd)

  • Complete redesign of the junction including removal of internal stop lines;
  • All existing islands and signals removed, and new ones installed where required;
  • Closure of service road in front of buildings on the north-west corner ensuring access to the medical centre and space for emergency vehicles is still possible, this space will be reallocated to pedestrians and cyclists;
  • New pedestrian and cycle crossings;
  • Closure of left turn from Blackbird Road into Woodgate with space utilised for landscaping;
  • Closure of right turn from Woodgate into Blackbird Road;
  • Potential full carriageway reconstruction.

Buckminster Road

  • Removal of parking on verges outside the shops;
  • Introduction of bike docking stations;
  • Introduction of landscaping;
  • Level crossing points across Colwell Road and other side street.

Woodgate (FiveWays junction to Abbey Gate)

  • Major footway widening;
  • Installation of new off-carriageway segregated cycle lane;
  • Installation of new parking and loading bays;
  • Swap location of existing high usage bus stop and pedestrian crossing;
  • Narrowing of supermarket entrance;
  • Consideration to be given to introducing parklets/other environmental aspects to give the street a community feel and not just a ‘through-route’;
  • Inclusion of bike docking station;
  • Level crossing points across Aldi entrance and Abbey Gate.

Frog Island/Northgate Street (Abbey Gate to Sanvey Gate)

  • Major footway widening;
  • Installation of new off-carriageway segregated cycle lane;
  • Installation of new pedestrian crossings;
  • Level crossing points across North Bridge Place, North Mills and Pingle Street.

Great Central Street

  • Lining scheme and use of wands to demark segregated cycle route

The improvements are planned to commence on a phased basis in Autumn 2022 and subject to completion of other schemes should be completed by Spring/Summer 2024. Please note that some of the improvement works may be subject to statutory consultation as part of the process through the advertisement of Traffic Regulation Orders. You should look out for these notices on street and adverts in the local press.

We will be introducing a major revamp of Leicester’s Abbey Park Road as part of our citywide programme of investment in sustainable transport, backed by £40million from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.

Improvements include a new bike-friendly footbridge across the River Soar, two e-bike docking stations, new bus lanes on both sides of Abbey Park Road, two additional pedestrian road crossings and improved footpaths to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists.

The centrepiece of the scheme will be a new 3.5metre wide footbridge which will run parallel to the existing road bridge across the River Soar, helping to ensure that there is enough space for all road users to use the busy route safely.

Extensive maintenance work will also be carried out to the two existing road bridges which cross the river and canal.

New camera-enforced bus lanes running in both directions will give more priority to public transport in a bid to improve journey times and encourage more people to use the bus. Removal of the parking bays and filter lane to the park from the eastbound carriageway is required to accommodate this. Although general traffic will be reduced to one lane in either direction, the scheme has been designed to ensure that traffic capacity will be maintained, avoiding additional delays and congestion.

A small area of car parking immediately in front of the main gates into Abbey Park will be removed, and the area revamped to create a more welcoming approach into the park. A separate statutory process will be undertaken to introduce the removal of the parking bays here and along Abbey Park Road.

Initial works on the new footbridge on Abbey Park Road began in September 2021 and the footbridge is due to be completed in Spring 2022.

In addition to the above works, essential extensive maintenance work on the Abbey Corner Bridge is also scheduled to start from 31 March 2022 and will require an extended road closure for approximately 11 months.

A detailed survey of the historic bridge, which dates back to 1878, has found evidence of corrosion in the cast iron structure and other issues which require extensive maintenance to ensure that the bridge can continue to be used safely by heavy traffic.

As part of the repairs to Abbey Corner Bridge, the existing cast iron balustrade panels will be removed for full restoration, and the bridge parapet – or barrier – will be raised by around 30cm to improve safety.

The bridge maintenance and repairs have been programmed to take place during the Abbey Park Road. This will reduce the need for additional highway works on this busy route in the near future.

The essential bridge maintenance and repairs have been programmed to take place at the same time as planned highway improvement works on Abbey Park Road. Doing these works at the same time will avoid the need for further disruptive closures of the bridge and road for the foreseeable future.

Access will be maintained for residents and businesses and people visiting Abbey Park during the works.

Details of the diversion route can be found below. During the works, disruption will be kept to a minimum and access will be maintained to all properties.

Bus services

All services that currently serve Abbey Park Road have registered to divert in both directions via Abbey Lane, St Margaret’s Way, Burleys Way and Belgrave Circle.

Service effects as follows:

  • Centrebus: 22C, 54A
  • First: 25, 26, 54

We are planning to improve a 2.5km route on Blackbird Road, Parker Drive and Beaumont Leys Lane, to help encourage more people to make the shift to walking and cycling.

The work will be paid for through the Transforming Cities Fund following our successful bid to support improvements to public transport and providing more safer cycling and walking routes into city neighbourhoods and the city centre.

The improvements are proposed on Blackbird Road, Parker Drive and Beaumont Leys Lane (between the A6 and Beaumont Walk). The proposed alterations are aimed at making improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by introducing cycle lanes and new/enhanced pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities.

Introducing pedestrian priority and cycle infrastructure will help encourage active modes of travel and hence reduce the reliance of the private car, particularly for short distance journeys. Plans showing the proposals have been attached to this letter. A plan showing the improvements along the route can be found below and can be summarised as follows:

  • Convert the existing footway on the west side of Blackbird Road (The Blackbird Pub side) to a 3.0m joint use footway/cycleway between Buckminster Road and Parker Drive.
  • Alterations to side roads to raise the level for pedestrians and cyclists through the junction.
  • Introduce a segregated footway (2.0m)/cycleway (min 2.5m) on the west side (Somerset Avenue side) of Parker Drive.
  • Alterations to the Parker Drive/Somerset Avenue junction to remove the left in and left out filter roads and to introduce improved pedestrian and cycling routes through the junction.
  • Access to residential driveways at the Somerset Avenue junction to be amended in consultation with property owners.
  • Alterations to the remaining side roads on the west side of Parker Drive to raise the level for pedestrians and cyclists through the junction.
  • Convert the existing footway on the south side (petrol station side) of Beaumont Leys Lane between Parker Drive and Beaumont Walk to an approximately 2.5m joint use footway/cycleway.
  • Convert the existing zebra crossing (between Halifax Drive and Parker Drive) to a parallel crossing to provide a separate crossing facility for cyclists.. This will require the removal of three trees adjacent to the existing crossing. Convert the existing footway on the north side of Beaumont Leys Lane between Parker Drive and the existing zebra crossing adjacent to Wolsey House Primary School to a 3.0m joint use footway/cycleway.
  • Introduce a segregated footway (2.0m)/cycleway (3.0m) on the north side of Beaumont Leys Lane between the existing zebra crossing adjacent to Wolsey House Primary School and the A6. This will require the removal of two trees.
  • Alterations proposed at the A6/Beaumont Leys Lane/Corporation Road junction to improve the crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists by renewing the traffic signal control equipment.
  • As shown on the attached plans, eight trees will need to be taken out along the entire route to facilitate the scheme. However, we will aim to replace any lost trees on a 2 for 1 basis in close proximity of the lost trees.

The improvements are planned to commence on a phased basis from May 2022 and we aim to have the work complete by this Winter.

If you have any queries or comments on this scheme, please write or email to:

Pravin Godhania, Transport Strategy, Leicester City Council, City Hall, Leicester, LE1 1FZ

Email: pravin.godhania@leicester.gov.uk

Extensive improvements are due to be made to the busy junction of the A6 Abbey Lane, Abbey Park Road and Blackbird Road, and also at the nearby junction with Exploration Drive.

Both junctions are proposed to be remodelled as part of a wider programme of works to give greater priority to buses and encourage more people to use public transport.

Currently, the single lane right turn from Abbey Park Road onto Abbey Lane is a pinch point for buses and is often congested at peak times causing delays for all traffic. The city council is proposing to reconfigure the junction to allow traffic to turn right onto Abbey Lane from two of the three lanes at the junction of Abbey Park Road.

This will involve remodelling the existing splitter islands and major realigning of the junction. At the same time the existing traffic signals upgraded and pedestrian crossings improved.

Works will also be carried out to address delays at the junction of Abbey Lane and Exploration Drive and to improve access to Pioneer Park. A longer right turn lane will be created for outbound traffic turning right into Exploration Drive from Abbey Lane. This will run from the junction of Byford Way to Exploration Drive.

Existing pedestrian crossings in the immediate area will also be upgraded as part of the improvement scheme.

Work is due to begin in October 2021 and will take around six months to complete. Some road closures and lane restrictions will be required but this will be introduced on a phased basis to minimise disruption. More details will be publicised nearer the time.

The junction works will be co-ordinated with a major improvement scheme due to get underway on Abbey Park Road from September 2020. A linked highway improvement scheme is also being developed for the rest of the A6 including St Margaret’s Way and the section between Exploration Drive and Red Hill Circle.

Please find the plans below for the proposed junction improvements on the A6:

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.

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:

Anstey Lane

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.

Buckminster Road

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:

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.

We are planning to improve a part of Saffron Lane to help encourage more people to make the shift to walking and cycling.   

The planned scheme will see a new permanent cycle track created on a busy stretch of Saffron Lane, between Heathcott Road and its new junction with Putney Road.    

A new three-metre-wide cycle lane will also be provided  across Aylestone Recreation Ground, alongside the existing tree-lined footpath through the park.  

The pop-up ‘mini-Holland’ improvements introduced in Summer 2020 on Braunstone Gate will be made permanent, establishing this important street as an attractive, safe, and vibrant destination.
  • Traffic from Duns Lane and New Park Street will be restricted to buses, cycles and taxis, easing congestion and creating a cleaner, safer high street.
  • Pavements on Braunstone Gate will be widened and improved, with high-quality block paving installed in the central section of Braunstone Gate, prioritising pedestrian use and providing a more attractive environment.
  • Red asphalt will be used to surface the carriageway, denoting Braunstone Gate’s status as a ‘mini-Holland’ and further enhancing the appeal of the street.
  • New trees will be planted, making the street more attractive.
  • Local businesses will be able to apply for street café licences and on-street seating, creating a vibrant, continental feel.
  • A new cycle hub will be installed on Braunstone Gate, encouraging sustainable, healthy travel.
  • Left-turn access from Western Boulevard will be closed to all users except cyclists, creating a safer route into Braunstone Gate.
  • On-street parking will be removed (disabled parking provision will be retained, as will loading bays for local businesses).
  • Subsequent phases of the scheme could see access closed to buses on Friday and Saturday evenings, in order to encourage al fresco dining and entertainment, and further enhance the street’s night-time economy.
Works will begin Summer 2022 and will be phased in order to minimise disruption.
Artist impressions can be viewed below:

We are planning to invest in the region of £2m to improve pedestrian, cyclist and public transport facilities to help encourage more people to make the shift to walking, cycling and public transport.

As part of the proposed scheme for Aylestone Road:

We aim to provide new and improve existing pedestrian and cycle facilities from Putney Road to Welford Road.

The existing footway between Putney Road and Almond Road will be widened to up to three metres to create a new segregated footway/cycleway.

In addition, we are proposing to provide a segregated footway/cycleway; making the current temporary cycle lane from Almond Road to Welford Road permanent by removing the offside (coned off) lane. Furthermore, the council aims to provide an additional cycle link from Welford Road to Lancaster Walk by providing a segregated cycle lane with the removal of the bus lane to accommodate widening into the carriageway.   

Raised tables and new and improved signals will be installed, to provide a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists.

Work is due to begin in Spring 2022.

You can see plans for this scheme in the PDFs below: