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Leicester's Golden Mile set for major revamp

Golden Mile in Leicester Credit: ITV Central

Local residents and businesses could have a say in how Leicester's Golden Mile is redeveloped.

Leicester City Council is considering how the busy area could be improved for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as what could be done to make it a more attractive commercial centre.

Problems that have been linked to the area include:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Poor air quality
  • Too many traffic lights
  • Narrow pavements
  • Difficult access for pedestrians and cyclists

"There is no doubt that the Golden Mile suffers as a result of the dominance of traffic in the area. It is noisy and often congested which makes it difficult for pedestrians, especially elderly or disabled people, to cross. Air quality along the road is also often poor.

"We need to find a way of redressing this imbalance. It is a very important route into the city, but that needs to be balanced against the benefits of making the whole area more pleasant for businesses, residents and visitors."

– City Mayor Peter Soulsby

Plans are now being drawn up for a major revamp of the Golden Mile, with local people able to submit their ideas over the next few months through workshops and exhibitions in December and February.