Major highways investment announced

Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A MAJOR highways investment project will improve safety at one of Leicester’s busiest road junctions and improve traffic flow on a key route into the city.

The latest phase of the multi-million pound Leicester North West major transport project , which is due to take place between summer 2017 and autumn 2018, will make improvements to three key junctions.

As part of the work, the Five Ways junction – where Woodgate, Groby Road, Fosse Road North, Blackbird Road and Buckminster Road meet – will be redesigned, with a simplified layout, better traffic signals and upgraded cycle and pedestrian crossings.

The junction was the site of 33 accidents between January 2011 and November 2016, resulting in 38 personal injuries – one of the worst accident hotspots in the city.

Other works will focus on improving the junction of Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way, with improvements also due at the junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive.

The works are due to take place in stages over the coming 18 months, starting with Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way in summer 2017, before moving onto the junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive.

Work at the Five Ways junction will begin in early in 2018, using the other two completed junctions as a diversion route. 

This entire phase of works is expected to cost up to £9million. The majority of the funding comes from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of its Local Growth Fund, along with additional contributions from both the city and county council.

The Leicester North West major transport project is designed to improve the road network in an area bordered by the A50 Groby Road, the A6 Loughborough Road and the A46 Western bypass, to ensure it can cope with the future increase in traffic due to housing and commercial developments in the area.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This latest phase of work will help with congestion and improve safety and traffic flow at three very busy junctions on a key route into the city from the north west.

“The Five Ways junction has the some of the highest figures for road accidents in the city. Its layout can confuse drivers, especially at peak times when vehicles are obscuring the lane markings.

“We will be simplifying the layout and improving the traffic signals to make them clearer and easier to understand, as well as upgrading the facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Improvements will also be made to the junction of Blackbird Road, Anstey Lane and Ravensbridge Drive, and the junction of Ravensbridge Drive and St Margaret’s Way.

“Taken together, they will help create a better route in and out of the city, relieving the burden on congested roads such as Woodgate, and ensuring the road network is fit for the demands of the coming decades.”

Residents and businesses in the surrounding area are being given the chance to ask questions and give their views ahead of the latest phase of works. 

Information leaflets will be delivered to over 2,000 addresses in the area, and a series of public engagement roadshows and information events will take place, at the Woodgate Resources Centre, 36 Woodgate, LE3 5GE, opposite the ATS garage on the following dates:

• Tuesday, April 25, from 1pm to 7pm

• Wednesday, April 26, from 10am to 3pm

• Tuesday, May 2, from 1pm to 7pm

• Wednesday, May 3, from from 10am to 3pm

The plans will also be on display in the foyer of the building from lunchtime on Monday, April 24, to lunchtime on Monday, May 8.

The consultation itself runs from Tuesday, April 18 to Friday, May 26.

To find out more, or to take part in the consultation, visit: consultations.leicester.gov.uk

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For further information contact Christian Dezelu on 0116 454 4154 or christian.dezelu@leicester.gov.uk