Connecting Leicester and Transforming Cities Fund Programme
Connecting Leicester activities have been the focus for bringing together the many special buildings and places through a series of key projects.
Together, these changes revolve around:
- Removing barriers that make it difficult for people to move from one area to another.
- Making the city an attractive destination for shoppers, visitors, businesses and investors as well as a great place to live.
- Connecting different parts of the city centre and reducing the dominance of roads to help create an attractive and pedestrian-friendly environment.
- Helping businesses to flourish and to attract new visitors to what we know is an interesting and exciting place.
The programme will see further transformation of Leicester into a city where every citizen feels like there is a sustainable way of making a journey within the city.
Our ambitious plans have also been supported as a result of a successful bid to the government’s Transforming Cities Fund. A £70million package of work will focus on major sustainable transport improvements to provide attractive choices for people to get to work, support the city’s growth and deliver on the council’s climate emergency, air quality and healthy living commitments.
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 Blackbird Road between Buckminster Road and Larchmont 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 below:
The improvements are planned to commence on a phased basis from June 2021 for approximately six months.
Please see below for the 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:
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