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Belgrave Circle Reopens Three Days Early

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Belgrave Circle Reopens Three Days Early

Belgrave Circle reopened to traffic three days days earlier than planned following completion of the final phase of demolition work.

Work to demolish the final southern sections of the flyover has progressed more quickly than expected, meaning the Belgrave Circle roundabout itself will reopen to traffic in time for the Friday morning rush hour on March 21. The works had originally been due to last until midnight on March 23.

The southern exit and sliproads from Belgrave Circle to Belgrave Road were closed to traffic on Friday, March 15, to enable contractors to remove the final span of the flyover directly above the carriageway.

The completion of the demolition works brings to an end a major phase in the project to remove the flyover and carry out a range of highway improvements in the area.

Longcross Construction, along with local firm AR Demolition, are carrying out the works on behalf of Sainsbury’s, which is funding the demolition and highway works as part of its planning agreement for the recently-opened store at Leicester North.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I am very impressed with the way that the flyover demolition work and the traffic management during these works has been carried out.

“It has been a major engineering project, with a very high possibility of traffic disruption, but the combination of good planning, clear traffic advice and alternative routes means that the work hasn’t caused the chaos that was feared.

“Already the site is visibly far more open, and means people can now actually see the Golden Mile from the city itself, and the next phase of works to improve the junctions and roads in the area will further improve access.”

Businesses along the Golden Mile also praised the speediness of the works, which were carried out following an extensive consultation with local residents and businesses. People who took part backed an option to carry out the work as quickly as possible, using late night working and road closure, rather than an option which would have lasted for longer but enabled routes to stay open throughout the work.

Karan Modhi, who is owner of the Anokhi House of Sarees and vice chairman of Belgrave Business Association, added: “We were initially worried there was going to be gridlock, but the alternative routes and traffic diversions worked a treat.

“Some people were worried that the work would drag on but it’s all been done very quickly, when you think they’ve removed a huge concrete flyover.

“We’ve had no issues with trade being affected either. If anything, trade has been better than normal because it has made people more aware of the Golden Mile.”

Leicester City Council and Sainsbury’s are carrying out the project, which is part of wider council plans to regenerate the Golden Mile and improve connections between the area and Leicester city centre, as well as creating a more pleasant environment and gateway for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

The next major phase of works involves road improvements at the roundabout and Belgrave Road, and the creation of new parking spaces for local shoppers and businesses.

The majority of works will be completed by October 2014, in time for Belgrave’s spectacular Diwali celebrations.

Updates and details of the scheme are available at: leicester.gov.uk/belgraveflyover