A426 improvement scheme progresses

Work is progressing on a £5m scheme to make improvements on a key route into Leicester.

Over the summer bus lanes were installed, junctions improved and road layouts altered on the A426 Lutterworth Road between Soar Valley Way and Middleton Street and in the city centre at Bonners Lane and Infirmary Square

The next phase of the ambitious project, which aims to reduce bus journey times, improve safety for cyclists and ease congestion, will see resurfacing carried out south of the Soar Valley Way, beginning on Monday (September 9).

A route north into the city will be available, but sections of the road southbound will be closed on certain days to through traffic.

The resurfacing is due to be completed on September 29. No work will take place on the weekend of September 21 and 22, where both carriageways will be open.

This is because Junction 21 of the M1 will be closed by the Highways Agency that weekend and traffic will be diverted off the motorway at Junction 20 and up the A426 to Leicester.

The A426 improvement project is being funded by the Department for Transport, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Arriva.

Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“The scheme progressing well and we are pleased to have completed the main bulk of the work over the summer, when the traffic is lighter.

“We would like to thank motorists, residents and businesses for their patience while this work is carried out. In long term we anticipate it will have real benefits, helping to improve both access and road safety into the city.”

During the resurfacing sections that have not been closed will be open to traffic in both directions.

Access to and from driveways on Lutterworth Road / Leicester Road will be available at all times apart from when the surfacing is taking place directly outside a driveway.



More on the scheme, which is due to be completed in the autumn, can be found at: www.leics.gov.uk/a426_bus_corridor_project

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