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Construction of bridge over M1 motorway serving New Lubbesthorpe

Artist impression of m1 bridgeFirst steps in the construction of a new bridge over the M1 motorway have begun, brought forward following a successful £5 million bid by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with Blaby District Council, Leicester City Council, the Highways England, the Local Enterprise Partnership and developers.

The bid was for a share of funding from the Government’s “Local Pinch Point Fund”, worth £170m and designed to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth.

The Pinch Point Funding will:

  • Bring forward the provision of the M1 Bridge by at least 2 years and guarantee its delivery.
  • Enable greater investment in the local on-site road infrastructure.
  • Enable early delivery of a district centre (including a supermarket, small unit shops, cafés and restaurants, community & health facilities and small offices).
  • Provide options for traffic entering and leaving Leicester and will relieve congestion on the A47.

On February 19th 2015 the contract for the construction of the M1 Bridge was awarded to Balfour Beatty by Leicestershire County Council.

The £10m bridge will span from Thorpe Astley to Leicester Forest East, to provide a link to the new 4,250 home Lubbesthorpe development.

It will also help reduce congestion and the impact of traffic on Beggars Lane / A47.

Early work has already begun and the bridge is due to be completed by August 2016.

Location Plan

Location Plan

Artist Impressions

Below is an artist’s impression of what the bridge could look like once it has been constructed.No.1

Artist impression East-West

Artist impression North-South

Public exhibition regarding the new M1 motorway bridge

A public exhibition to view information about the construction of the new bridge across the M1 from Thorpe Astley to Leicester Forest East which will provide a link to the New Lubbesthorpe development is due to be held on Monday 18th May 2015 between 3pm and 7pm at Leicester Forest East Parish Hall

Site compounds are being set up on the east and west side of the M1 to provide staff offices and facilities, loading bays, fabrication and storage areas.

In June, a holding bay will be constructed off Beggars Lane to minimise the disruption caused by traffic arriving and leaving the site. A 40mph speed limit will be introduced along a length of Beggars Lane to improve safety in the vicinity of the works access.

Traffic management required to create a working area in the centre of M1 will be set up, a 50mph speed limit and narrow lanes between LFE and Junction 21 will be used.

Works will include piling, sheet piling support, excavation, reinforced concrete construction.

The basic timeline is

  • Commencing of site operations from April 15
  • Night time operations June 15
  • Road embankments complete for lifting in beams Jan 16
  • Deck pours complete by April 16
  • Overnight lane closures complete by end May 16
  • Road works atop embankments commence Feb 16 and complete (including over new deck) by end August 16.

More information on the New Lubbesthorpe Development can be found by visiting:http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/planning-and-building/lubbesthorpe/ and http://www.newlubbesthorpe.co.uk/

More information on the Local Pinch Point Fund can be found by visiting:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/series/local-pinch-point-fund

Leicestershire County Council: Customer Service Centre may be contacted on 0116 305 0001, email:highwayscustomerservices@leics.gov.uk

Source information from the Leicestershire County Council website

Whetstone Waste Site redevelopment

Whetstone refuse transfer station
Off-peak will be best time to visit as re-development work gets under way

People using Leicestershire’s largest waste site at the busiest time of year are encouraged to plan visits in advance whilst construction work takes place.

Leicestershire County Council is constructing a new facility at the Whetstone site to provide a modern layout with improved access and parking.

Work will take around eight months in total and the site will remain open for the duration.

However the Easter break is the busiest time of year for the county’s household waste sites and work at Whetstone will see the existing tipping area reduced, which could result in delays at peak periods.

Holly Field, assistant director for environment at Leicestershire County Council, said:

“Easter is the busiest time of the year for our recycling and household waste sites.

“As the re-development works are now underway at Whetstone, and to avoid queuing, we are encouraging people considering a spring clearout to plan their visits ahead.

“It’s best to visit this site during off-peak times, which are the early morning and late evening, or use alternate sites at Oadby Lutterworth and Barwell.”

The current site opening times are April to September – 8am to 8pm and October to March – 8am to 6pm.

To find information about recycling and household waste sites, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/waste or call 0116 305 0001.