1 Apr

Council sets out plans for £1m improvement scheme on busy Anstey Lane

Anstey Lane - credit Kate Jewel

Improvements are planned for Leicester’s busy Anstey Lane as part a major Government-backed programme of investment in sustainable transport across the city. The improvements are being part-funded by the LLEP-managed Pooled Business Rates Fund.

Leicester City Council is planning to invest almost £1million to improve part of Anstey Lane, and the adjoining Buckminster Road, to help encourage more people to make the shift to walking, cycling and public transport.

The work will be paid for through the Transforming Cities Fund following the city council’s successful bid for £32million to help fund improvements to local public transport and support more cycling and walking routes into city neighbourhoods and the city centre.

As part of the proposed scheme for Anstey Lane, the council is planning to introduce a new bus lane on the citybound section of the road, between its junctions with Buckminster Road and Larchmont Road. This will help to improve bus journey times on this route by giving buses priority on this short stretch of road.

The existing footway between Buckminster Road and the mini-roundabout at Avebury Avenue will be widened to up to three metres to create a new shared footway/cycleway, linking to the existing cycling provision starting at English Martyrs School.

A second stretch of shared footway/cycleway will also be created between Great Meadow Road and Darenth Drive, linking with existing cycleway provision up to Krefeld Way.

Raised tables will be created at the junction of Buckminster Road and Anstey Lane, and on the roads joining Severn Trent Water and Gilroes Cemetery, to provide a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists.

Two new zebra crossings would also be introduced between Calver Hey Road and Great Meadow Road.

An experimental closure of Buckminster Road between Brading Road and Anstey Lane also proposed. This will help prevent the road being used as a rat run at busy times, and help to create a quieter and more attractive road for residents while improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

All proposals are currently subject to feedback from residents, and around [how many] homes in the area have been sent a letter setting out the plans and inviting comments.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on transportation and environment, said: “Our ambitious Transforming Cities Fund programme represents a big step forward for Leicester. It will provide attractive, sustainable travel choices for people, helping to deliver a greener solution for the future growth of our city and its economy and supporting our work around the climate emergency and air quality improvements.

“Our plans for Anstey Lane are just one part of a much bigger programme but show how this new investment is helping us to extend the multi-million investment we have already made in and around the city centre out into local neighbourhoods.

“It will improve bus journey times by removing a pinch point that is affecting the reliability of local services. It will also encourage more people to make healthy choices through cycling and walking and support the increasing number of people who are already choosing to travel this way.”

Kevin Harris is Chair of the LLEP Board of Directors.  He said: “Climate change is a serious threat to us all and the LLEP supports initiatives that encourage greener ways to travel, to reduce the carbon impact of our transport choices, enabling the region to meet its climate emergency commitments. We have awarded a £4m allocation from the LLEP managed Pooled Business Rates fund, to support a range of sustainable travel schemes across the city under the Green Growth Corridors Transport Programme.”

Leicester City Council is carrying out an ambitious £80million citywide programme of investment in sustainable transport, backed by £40million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). The package of work will focus on major sustainable transport improvements to provide attractive choices for people to get to work, education, local and other facilities supporting the city’s growth and deliver on the council’s climate emergency, air quality and healthy living commitments.

Match funding is being provided through the city council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), local bus operators and other partners.

Schemes include the development of new bus priority corridors linking the city centre to city neighbourhoods and suburbs, and the continued development of a network of high-quality cycling and walking routes throughout the city building on the success of Connecting Leicester. It will also see the introduction of electric buses onto the Park and Ride Services and a new electric bike hire scheme in partnership with Santander.

To view the plans for Anstey Lane in more details visit www.leicester.gov.uk/[needurl]

The Anstey Lane project forms part of the Green Growth Corridors Transport Programme. This is supported by a £4m grant from the Pooled Business Rates, a pot of surplus funding managed by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) for projects that invest in economic development priorities across Leicester and Leicestershire.