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Southern Span Of Belgrave Flyover To Be Removed

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Southern Span Of Belgrave Flyover To Be Removed

The second major phase of works to remove the southern bridge span of the Belgrave Flyover is set to begin this weekend.

A nine-day road closure is due to come into effect from 7pm on Friday, March 14, to enable contractors to begin demolishing the southern half of the flyover and the remaining spans of the bridge above Belgrave Circle.

It means the southern exit and sliproads from the Belgrave Circle to Belgrave Gate will be completely closed to traffic from March 15 to 23 while contractors remove large sections of the flyover directly above the carriageway.

Traffic will still be able to enter and exit the roundabout from Belgrave Road and enter from Abbey Park Road, but won’t be able to enter or leave Belgrave Circle into Belgrave Gate.

Clockwise traffic also won’t be able to cross from Dysart Way to Abbey Park Road, Belgrave Gate or Belgrave Road during the closure.

During the nine-day road closure, work will take place from 7am to midnight each day although the noisiest works will be done during the daytime. Businesses in the Golden Mile will remain open throughout the entire project, and pedestrian access will remain in place. Leicester College will also be accessible as normal.

It follows work in February to demolish the northern section of the flyover, which was completed far quicker than first thought, allowing the junction to reopen to traffic three days earlier than planned.

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

Throughout the works, motorists are being reminded to continue using alternative routes if possible to avoid the inevitable delays at Belgrave Circle itself.

Traffic approaching from the north of the county on the A46 Fosse Way should turn right at the Hobby Horse Island and use the A46 Leicester Western Bypass and turn left onto the A6 Loughborough Road / Abbey Lane to head into the city centre.

Motorists coming into the city from Syston and Thurmaston on the A607 Newark Road are being advised to turn right at the new Sainsbury’s store and use the A563 Watermead Way and A6 Abbey Lane.

Traffic approaching from the east should use the A47 Humberstone Road and the A594 Inner Ring Road, instead of using Dysart Way, Belgrave Gate and Belgrave Circle.

Drivers heading in from Humberstone and Hamilton are advised to use the A6030 Victoria Road East and A47 Humberstone Road to get to the city centre, rather than using Catherine Street or Dysart Way.

Traffic approaching from the west should use the A6 Abbey Lane and A594 Inner Ring Road, avoiding Abbey Park Road and Belgrave Circle.

Local traffic from Belgrave should use Loughborough Road and Abbey Lane or Catherine Street and Dysart Way to get access to the city centre. Marshals will also be on site near the flyover to redirect pedestrians.

People are also being advised to use the Park and Ride services, particularly the one based at Birstall which comes into Leicester via the A6.

A number of bus routes will also be diverted by the closures, but Belgrave Road will still be served by bus services to and from the city centre.

Leicester City Council head of highways Martin Fletcher said: “We’d like to thank commuters for their cooperation so far, and would continue to encourage people to use alternative routes or stagger their journey time if at all possible to avoid rush hour.

“There have been no major traffic problems so far during this project, but motorists should still allow extra time for journeys to be sure. Our Area Traffic Control staff will be actively monitoring the situation to try and keep the traffic moving around the area during this closure.”

The flyover demolition is the first stage of a major project led by Leicester City Council 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.

Demolition work will be completed at the start of April. This will be followed by further works, including 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 on the Golden Mile and Cossington Street Recreation Ground.

Information on travel and traffic, bus services and the flyover project itself is available at: www.leicester.gov.uk/belgraveflyover

Updates will also be available regularly from Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control bulletins on 104.9FM BBC Radio Leicester or via twitter.com/ATCLeicester

Sainsburys is also running a public information booth at the car park of its former store at the northern end of the flyover.

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