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Cycle And Bus Route Improvements Approved

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Cycle And Bus Route Improvements Approved

A £205,000 package of improvements and repairs to cycle paths and bus routes across Leicester city centre has been approved by the City Mayor.

A series of small highway projects has been approved to repair road surfaces specifically where there are cycle lanes, pedestrian routes and bus routes. The repairs are designed to safety and provide better surfaces for cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers.

The works are all short-term improvements which can be carried out over the coming weeks to help encourage more people to use the bus and cycle routes – a key part of the city’s economic action plan for the future.

Work includes:

* Bus route surfacing work in Mansfield Street, which has already been carried out as part of the Haymarket Bus Station scheme.
* Improvements to pedestrian safety and accessibility at Market Place South, as part of the wider market redevelopments.
* Surface repairs to improve ride quality in bus lanes and cycle lanes at Charles Street, Halford Street and Rutland Street.
* Similar works on bus and cycle route surfaces in Belvoir Street, Welford Place and Welford Road.
* Junction improvements, better pedestrian crossing facilities and associated bus and cycle route works at the Charles Street/St Georges Way junction.

If there is sufficient funding remaining, works could also be carried out on cycleway and bus lane surfaces on parts of Aylestone Road between Lansdowne Road and Grace Road.

Some of the works are part of ongoing schemes; others are where old road surfaces have become pitted and damaged through weathering and wear and tear.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We want to make it easy and comfortable for people to use buses and cycle routes in the city, and these relatively small projects can really help ensure these routes are at their best.

“Some are areas where older surfaces have become damaged by traffic and weather over the decades, and these minor improvements can make a big difference to people using these routes as part of their daily travel.”

Uncomfortable rides caused by poor bus and cycle route surfaces are among the main reasons for people not using either form of transport, so the work is being carried out to help boost the numbers of bus users and cyclists.