Loughborough inner relief road scheme begins

Artist's impression of how Loughborough Market Place would look
Image caption It is hoped the scheme will be completed by early 2015

Work has begun on the first phase of a £15m road scheme in Leicestershire.

The demolition of a shop on Baxter Gate, Loughborough, and related safety work is under way, ahead of main works due to start in October.

The county council said the scheme would connect parts of the town cut off by the A6, improve public transport facilities and boost the economy.

The scheme, which could be completed by spring 2015, will also see the market place pedestrianised.

Lesley Pendleton, council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "These improvements to Loughborough have been 40 years in the making and it is exciting to see work finally taking place.

"We are hoping the project will not only make the town safer and more attractive, but will help attract further investment, development and regeneration."

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