£2.9m DfT funding for Leicester sustainable transport works

New cycling and pedestrian facilities are to be delivered in Leicester due to £2.9 of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Part of the Connecting Leicester programme, it will improve links to new developments in the Aylestone Road and Putney Road areas of the city.

The new cycling and walking connections will be delivered at the same time as the new £5m link road to connect Putney Road West to Aylestone Road and Saffron Lane in order to avoid future disruption.

Since the original link road scheme was approved, new developments have come forward that require better cycling and walking links.

Segregated cycling routes are now being proposed to the new University of Leicester Freemen’s Common Campus, while a new pedestrian and cycle super crossing over Aylestone Road will also be installed.

As part of the plans, a new signalised toucan cycle and pedestrian crossing will be provided at Commercial Square in Freemen’s Common.

The cycling and walking routes will also ensure links are made with the proposed Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) funded cycleways connecting Aylestone Road to Saffron Lane, as well as providing segregated cycling routes to neighbourhoods served by Saffron Lane.

Commenting, Leicester’s Deputy City Mayor for Environment and Transportation, Councillor Adam Clarke said: “The opportunity to include in this scheme a range of sustainable transport links makes sense, and carrying out the work at the same time as the main project means we won’t need to cause further disruption by revisiting it in the future.

“We envisage this junction will become a major connectivity point in the light of new and proposed developments, such as the proposed expansion of the football stadium and the University of Leicester’s Freemen’s Common Campus.

“The scheme also ties in with proposed TCF funded cycleway connections to communities served by Saffron Lane, making high-quality infrastructure at Putney Road a must.

"These latest additions complement the original scheme and help to better connect the new road layout with other developments through a network of better cycling and walking links.

“This additional dimension to the project will be funded by existing city council budgets fed by Department for Transport funding for this sort of work.”

The £5m Putney Road West link road scheme is specifically intended to reduce car journey times, cut pollution and prevent drivers cutting through smaller residential streets in Knighton Fields in order to take a shortcut from the east to the west of the city.

Detailed modelling has shown that the scheme will save around 340 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Contractors are due to begin construction work in May 2021 and works are expected to continue until summer 2022.

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