Plans introduced to make Lancaster Street extra cycle-friendly

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Revealed on Monday, June 10, 2019

PROPOSALS for a safer and extra direct cycle route between Clarendon Park and the town centre have been introduced.

Leicester Metropolis Council plans to create a brand new two-way cycle lane from the Queens Street and Victoria Park Street junction throughout Victoria Park and alongside the complete size of Lancaster Street.

The brand new 1km route would offer a direct hyperlink with the lately accomplished cycle lane on Welford Street, making a steady and safer route for cyclists to and from the town centre. It’s going to create a parallel and complementary path to the most important enchancment scheme already effectively below means on London Street.

As a part of the proposed new scheme, cycle paths would run throughout Victoria Park, near the prevailing footpath connecting Queens Street and Peace Stroll, after which proceed alongside the complete size of Lancaster Street together with a brief part of Nelson Mandela Park.

The proposed cycleway will characteristic gentle segregation alongside Lancaster Street to separate cyclists from different site visitors.

There would even be enhancements to current footways and crossing services to make the route safer and extra enticing for pedestrians.

The scheme would require some remodelling on the junction of Lancaster Street and Tigers Approach. It will create a safer and extra direct crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. As a part of this, Lancaster Street will likely be made one-way between its junctions with De Montfort Road and Tigers Approach, with site visitors not capable of flip onto Lancaster Street from the ring highway. Site visitors surveys present that fewer than 150 autos at present make this manoeuvre per day.

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There will even be some minor remodelling of the junction of Queens Street and Victoria Park Street to enhance crossing services and create a extra direct hyperlink from the park onto Knighton Park Street, a part of Nationwide Cycle Route 63.

The junction of Lancaster Street and College Street will likely be remodelled as a part of a wider programme of enhancements deliberate for College Street. These are at present being developed by the College of Leicester and metropolis council with plans anticipated to be introduced by late autumn.

The plans might contain the lack of about 20 pay and show parking areas on Lancaster Street. This will likely be topic to a separate statutory session as a part of the method of making use of for a brand new site visitors regulation order.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy metropolis mayor and government lead for setting and transportation, stated: “The Connecting Leicester programme is an important a part of our formidable plans to scale back car emissions, additional enhance native air high quality and assist handle the local weather emergency we face.

“These proposals will make Lancaster Street safer and extra enticing for cyclists and pedestrians, and complementing the most important work underway on London Street and funding made elsewhere in and across the metropolis centre.

“We all know Victoria Park is a well-liked route for cyclists, however conflicts nonetheless exist between pedestrians and cyclists on the principle park footpath and onto New Stroll.

“The Lancaster Street scheme will prolong the prevailing metropolis centre community of cycle lanes out to Clarendon Park and the College of Leicester. It will present a extremely enticing and direct route for cyclists and may assist handle a few of the issues we nonetheless see on New Stroll.”

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Work is anticipated to value round £1million and will likely be largely funded with Authorities money as a part of the council’s profitable bid for £7.8million from the Reworking Cities Fund.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme might get below means in July and is anticipated to take round 10 months to finish.

The Lancaster Street biking enchancment scheme would be the newest part of the broader Connecting Leicester programme, which is bettering routes into and across the metropolis centre and serving to to make it extra enticing to residents, guests, companies and traders.

Individuals can view the proposals at www.leicester.gov.uk/connectingleicester

Feedback must be emailed to transport-strategy@leicester.gov.uk

 

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