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Work on the A426 bus corridor set to start

bus laneWork to reduce bus journey times on a key route into Leicester is set to start on Monday (March 4)

The A426 (Aylestone Road) bus corridor project aims to improve bus reliability, ease congestion for drivers and improve safety of cyclists.

Last year a consultation was held on the £5m initiative which is being funded by the Department for Transport, Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils and Arriva.

Proposals included 24 hour bus lanes, improvements to junctions, bus stops and crossing points, a speed limit reduction, smart ticketing (travel cards) and real time travel information.

Following feedback from the consultation, a number of additional improvements have been made including the provision of cycle lanes, toucan crossings, traffic signals and an additional section of bus lane.

Initial preparations have already begun. From Sunday evening, there will be some management of the traffic flow between Little Glen Road and Soar Valley Way. This will allow work from Monday on water pipes and cables, mainly in footways but also at two locations where the pipes and cables cross the road.

The main work will start in April.

Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“We would like to thank everyone who has commented on these proposals. We have considered all the responses carefully and, as a result, have made some additions to the project.

“We believe this work will reap real benefits by improving bus journey times and service reliability and ultimately relieving congestion on what is a key route into Leicester.”

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby added:

“This scheme will benefit pedestrians, cyclists and motorists as well as bus users.”

Work will be completed in stages to minimise disruption and is due to be completed by October 2013.

To minimise congestion, roadworks in nearby areas have been coordinated and local businesses have been invited to discuss how they can help their staff plan their travel and perhaps stagger their working hours.

Updates on the work will be available at: www.leics.gov.uk/a426_bus_corridor_project

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Appeal following fatal collision in Whetstone

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on New Years Eve in Whetstone.

The collision happened at around 11.30am on Monday December 31, 2012 on the A426 Lutterworth Road at its junction with Countesthorpe Road.

It involved two vehicles a silver Peugeot 106 and a black Fiat Panda.

The driver of the Peugeot, Margaret Mitton (79) of Countesthorpe, received fatal injuries and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers from the same vehicle were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment to their injuries. One of them has since been discharged whilst the other remains there in a stable condition.

The driver of the Fiat sustained minor injuries which required hospital treatment.

Detective Constable Ady Keeble, the investigating officer, said: “At the time of the collision, the Peugeot was travelling along Countesthorpe Road from the direction of Countesthorpe and the Fiat was travelling along the A426 towards Lutterworth.

“We would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand to please contact police.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact DC 0506 Ady Keeble on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 0506. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111 .

Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines. Calls to Crimestoppers are also free, but some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for this call.

Reference number: LEP-311212-0197

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