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Busy city centre road closed all weekend for roadworks

Part of a busy road into Leicester city centre is closed this weekend as resurfacing work takes place.

The council says the new cycle routes will be safer Credit: Leicester City Council

The inbound lane of Belgrave Gate, between Charles Street and Burleys Way roundabout was closed at 7pm last night (Friday 22nd February), and it will remain shut until Sunday evening (24th February). Diversions are in place.

The resurfacing work will also affect Gower Street, Wilton Street and Jubilee Street, which will be closed at their junction with Belgrave Gate.

It's all part of a £1.9million project to create what Leicester City Council say will be a safer and more attractive route into the city for cyclists.

The first phase of work involves the creation of new segregated cycle lanes on both sides of Belgrave Gate, and improving existing paths. Bus stops and pedestrian crossings are also being improved.

The second phase of work is due to start later this summer. That will see improvements made to Burleys Way roundabout, with a new shared footpath and cycleway running underneath the flyover.

Work to remove trees from the roundabout will start in March, as they are in a poor condition, and will open up the roundabout for the new route.

The council says replacement tree planting will take place on the roundabout and on the streets approaching it, as part of the scheme.