Following a period of consultation, the county’s Director of Environment and Transport along with local and lead members have approved works to construct traffic calming measures which are now scheduled to begin on 30th May.
The scheme is included in the 2010 /11 Transportation Capital Programme under the Local Transport Plan objective of “Reducing the Impact of Traffic” (RIOT).
Forest Road and Stewart Avenue are key routes between Narborough and Enderby.
Both roads are increasingly being used as “Rat Runs” to get from the B4114 to Grove Park and Fosse Park.
Per day, approximately 5858 vehicles use Forest Road and 4310 vehicles use Stewart Avenue.
Both roads are subject to a 30mph speed limit, but recorded 85%tile speeds along these roads are in excess of 35mph.
The proposed scheme addresses the inappropriate speeds of some drivers and consist of the introduction of nine sets of speed cushions at various locations along the length of Forest Road and Stewart Avenue. (See plan here)*
Anyone wishing to discuss the scheme can contact Transport Schemes Development in the following ways.
Local residents are about to endure more disruption to traffic this weekend as Enderby Road will again have an overnight closure from the B4114 Foxhunter roundabout to A426 Blaby bypass from 8pm tonight until 6am on Monday due to work on the Railway Bridge at Whetstone.
The road closures are set to continue on various dates from 8pm to 6am through to June 19.
County Councillor Barry Garner who lives in nearby Littlethorpe, whilst acknowledging the fact that work to the bridge was necessary, described the length of time it has taken to complete the bridgeworks as “infuriating” and a “nightmare”.
A spokesperson for Network Rail has told local media that they have experienced a number of unforeseen issues with the complex works to upgrade the Enderby Road bridge at Whetstone, including problems with the piling, the embankment and the equipment used to slide the bridge into place.
In September last year, as a result of pile-driving work, cracks appeared in the road bridge.
At that time Network Rail installed motion detectors to check for any shifting in the structure and around mid-October they detected movement.
The reason for the major engineering work being undertaken on the bridge is in order to raise it so larger freight containers can be carried by rail instead of by road.
Leicestershire County Council has granted extensions to temporary closures of two roads and footpath T89.
The closure of Station Road is between the junctions of Bostock Close and Burbage Common Road at Elmesthorpe.
Station Road closed on 27th September 2010 and will not reopen to traffic until 6th May 2011.
Network Rail are carrying out work to the bridge that carries the B581 Station Road over the railway at Elmesthorpe. This involves demolishing the old bridge and building a new one. Network Rail is carrying out the work to increase the headroom to allow larger rail freight containers to pass underneath the new bridge.
A temporary structure has been provided across the railway during this period to enable pedestrians to continue to use this route.
Burbage Common Road at Elmesthorpe has also been closed to through traffic from 27th September 2010, and it will not reopen until 6th May 2011. Footpath T89 is also closed and the alternative route is via Bostock Close and Station Road, Elmesthorpe. Footpath T89 will be closed until 3rd June 2011.
Every effort will be made to minimise disruption, but to avoid delays people are urged to find alternative routes. A diversion route will be clearly signed and details are included in the attached plan.
More information on the scheme is available from Network Rail via their National Helpline – 08457 11 41 41.