MOTORISTS are being reminded that a section of Leicester’s outer ring road will be closed during the school half-term holidays in order for resurfacing roadworks to be carried out.
New Parks Way will be closed between the Groby Road roundabout and the Glenfield Road/Dominion Road roundabout throughout the half-term holiday, as part of a multi-million pound project to improve road links into the city from the north west of Leicestershire.
The closure will be in place from 10pm on Friday, February 12, to 6am on Monday, February 22. Work is being done during the half term school holidays when there is 15-20 per cent less traffic using the road.
Various changes to routes and bus services will be in place during the work.
A diversion will take A563 outer ring road traffic from the Groby Road roundabout easterly along Groby Road, Fosse Road North, Henley Road and Glenfield Road, before rejoining the A563 at the Glenfield Road/Dominion Road roundabout.
Through traffic can also choose to bypass the closed section of the A563 at New Parks Way by using the A46 Western Bypass.
Coming from the south on the A563 Braunstone Way drivers can divert left onto the A47 Hinckley Road, right onto the B5380 Ratby Lane and follow the signs for the A46.
Drivers coming from the east can use the A46 Western Bypass via Melton Road, Anstey Lane and finally Groby Road.
There will be no access onto New Parks Way from either Kemp Road or Dillon Way, Aikman Avenue or Battersbee Road during the closure. Traffic will be allowed to cross in both directions between Aikman Avenue and Battersbee Road.
Some bus services serving Aikman Avenue and Battersbee Road will be affected, and information will be posted in advance on bus stops in the area.
Service 14A will not serve the stops at Aikman Avenue shops or on New Parks Way for most of the closure. Instead it will go via Pindar Road, Birds Nest Avenue, Dillon Road, Dillon Way and New Parks Way serving all marked bus stops on the diversion. Service 14 operated by Arriva and First will be unaffected throughout.
On the morning and early afternoon of Sunday, February 21, there will be no access to Dillon Way. At this time, Service 14A will operate normally to Aikman Avenue and then continue to Dominion Road.
Connecting shuttle buses will operate between Dominion Road and Glenfield Hospital and Beaumont Centre. Passengers from Beaumont Centre and Glenfield Hospital should catch the Connecting Shuttle to Dominion Road where it will connect with service 14A.
Service 14A will use Dillon Way on February 21 as soon as the resurfacing works are completed.
Service 162 will be diverted via Dillon Road, Birds Nest Avenue, Pindar Road and Aikman Avenue, serving all marked bus stops on the diversion.
Electronic information signs warning motorists of the works are in place on key routes into the city, including details of alternative routes.
Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control will be providing regular live traffic and travel updates throughout the closure, both on BBC Radio Leicester and at: Twitter.com/ATCLeicester
The works are part of the Leicester North West Major Transport Scheme, to improve roads and junctions along the A50 corridor, between the A46 Western Bypass and the A563 outer ring road.
Once completed, the road network linking the north west of the county to the city will be better equipped to handle the predicted increase in traffic from planned developments in this area over the next 10 to 20 years.
This first phase of work involves improvements at three main junctions and two roundabouts – at the A50 Glenfield Turn (County Hall) roundabout joining the A50 Groby Road, Gynsill Lane and Station Road; the A50 Groby Road/A563 New Parks Way roundabout, and the junction of New Parks Way and Aikman Avenue.
The current phase of works involving the two roundabouts and one traffic signal-controlled junction costs about £8.5million, of which £5.5million has been secured by the LLEP from central government, with the remaining £3million split equally between the city and county council.
The project is being run jointly between Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council, with the vast majority of the funding being provided from Central Government through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Local Growth Fund.
Contractors Eurovia, which recently completed £20million of road improvements in Loughborough, are carrying out the scheme.