Source: City of Leicester
Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
TWO busy city centre car parks will be closed for two days later this month as work on a major road improvement scheme nears completion.
Newarke Street multi-story car park and Upper Brown Street car park will both close for a full day on Sunday 13 October and then, a week later, on Sunday 20th October.
The closures are required for work on the £1.4milllion York Road improvement scheme to progress.
Resurfacing work is due to take place over four weekends from Saturday 12 October.
On Saturday (12 Oct), York Road will be closed to traffic between Welford Road and Oxford Street. Access to both car parks will be maintained.
A full closure of York Road will then be required on the following two Sundays (13 & 20 Oct), when there will be no access to either car park.
On Sunday 27 October, the majority of York Road will be closed all day for resurfacing works, but access to both car parks will be available from 11am.
A final closure will be in place on parts of York Road on Sunday 3 November, but access will be maintained to both car parks all day.
York Road is then due to fully reopen to traffic from Monday 4 November.
Leicester City Council is carrying out improvements to York Road – which connects Welford Road and Oxford Street – to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists.
The road will be largely pedestrianised between its junction with Oxford Street and Newarke Street car park and remodelled so that motorists must turn left upon leaving the car park. This means most of the road will be free from traffic.
Vehicle access along the main stretch of York Road will only be permitted for residents, blue badge holders and businesses in the area.
Footpaths have been widened be widened in some areas and reconstructed in high-quality blocks, similar in appearance to Silver Street and Guildhall Lane.
The improvements fill a missing link between the new £35million development on King Street, at the city centre end of New Walk, and De Montfort University’s campus on Millstone Lane, which has also recently seen a multi-million-pound investment.
The York Road scheme is being funded with Government cash as part of Leicester City Council’s successful bid for £7.8million from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.
Work is on schedule for completion by November 2019.