Monday, May 10, 2021

£900,000 revamp planned for busy Leicester shopping street

Major improvements are planned for a busy shopping street that links Leicester city centre and the railway station.

Leicester City Council is planning to revamp and pedestrianise a stretch of Granby Street between its junctions with Northampton Street and the inner ring road at St Georges Way.

The aim is a create a more welcoming gateway into the city centre and help make the route safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.

The pedestrianised area will be reconstructed to create a level surface, finished in red asphalt and a continuation of the existing vianova block paving. Automated bollards will be installed at the entry and exit points.

Changes will also be made to the existing contraflow cycle lane between Dover Street and the inner ring road. The Dover Street junction with Granby Street will be closed to general traffic, with alterations made to Dover Street to maintain local access.

Improvements are also planned for Northampton Street, where the existing footpaths will be widened, and a new loading bay created.

New tree planting and cycle parking are also planned, and the area could see the introduction of a new docking station as part of the city’s new e-bike share scheme, Santander Cycles Leicester.

Deputy city mayor Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “This part of Granby Street is a major gateway into the city centre for people arriving in Leicester by train and is a busy shopping area in its own right. It links directly to the super crossing on St George’s Way and is an important route for anyone walking or cycling into the city centre.

“These improvements will make the route more welcoming and safer for pedestrians and cyclists, while having minimal impact on motorists. It’s been more than ten years since the underpass beneath the ring road was filled and now is a good time to revisit the area and improve it further.”

Work is expected to begin this summer and will take around nine months to complete.

The scheme is estimated to cost around £900,000 and will be supported through the Getting Building Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) for shovel-ready infrastructure projects to create jobs and support economic recovery.

Kevin Harris is Chair of the LLEP Board of Directors. He said: “Granby Street is the gateway to Leicester City Centre: the first port of call for visitors to our city. I’m very pleased, therefore, that this project will help prioritise those visitors that make the journey via public transport and help us to meet our targets for sustainable travel and carbon reduction.

“These improvements to Leicester’s public realm will result in a better quality of life for Leicester’s residents, increased economic opportunity for local businesses, and increased access to the St Georges’ and Cultural Quarter areas, which are vibrant parts of the city centre and key to the local economy.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £33.60 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Latest news

Related news

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.