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Cycleway plans for Welford Road

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There is an experimental lane closure in effect along a stretch of Welford Road.

Leicester City Council is looking at the possibility of extending the pedestrian and cycleway improvements made on Newarke Street along a stretch of Welford Road.
The temporary lane closure will be marked out with cones on the right-hand side of the road, as it runs one-way from its junction with Newarke Street to just before its junction with Aylestone Road.

Traffic impact will be assessed on an ongoing basis. The length of the trial scheme has not yet been decided.

If given the go-ahead, the plans would see a lane permanently removed from the left-hand side of the road, where wider pavements and a new cycle lane would be constructed.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Removing a lane of traffic on Newarke Street has had minimal impact on traffic using that route. It has, however, helped to significantly improve that stretch of road for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We're taking out a lane along Welford Road for a limited period. There have been occasions where one lane has been taken out along Welford Road and it does not appear to have caused traffic problems.

"However, we can remove the lane restrictions very quickly if it does cause problems. It's all about assessing the impact on traffic.
“Encouraging more people to walk and cycle is essential to helping us cut congestion and improve air quality in the city, and we need to provide the right infrastructure for that to happen.
“The temporary closure will help us assess the full impact of removing a lane of traffic before we make a decision.”