Leicester

Leicester's £5m bus lane project to start

A426 between Blaby and Leicester
Image caption Motorists have been told to expect delays for up to six months while the work is carried out

Work is set to start on a controversial scheme to reduce congestion along a busy route into Leicester.

The £5m project along the A426 between Blaby and Leicester promises to improve bus reliability, ease traffic and improve safety for cyclists.

When the plans were first announced more than 1,400 Glen Parva residents signed a petition and 100 people protested against the scheme.

The main work starts on Monday and is expected to last six months.

The Bus Corridor Project is being funded by the Department for Transport, Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils and Arriva.

The proposals include new 24 hour bus lanes, cycle lanes and improvements to junctions, crossing points and bus stops.

Delays expected

Motorists have been warned to expect delays and either find alternative routes or leave extra time for their journey.

Ian Drummond, assistant director for transportation at Leicestershire County Council, said: "This is an important scheme which aims to boost bus journey times and service reliability, improve safety for cyclists and ease congestion on what is a key route into the city.

"We would urge anyone using the A426 to plan their journeys and give themselves a bit more time to get in and out of the city while this work is being carried out."

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