Leicester City Council – Aylestone Road

Thomas Bow have been working closely with Leicester City Council on a scheme valued at £2.5million to improve routes on parts of Aylestone Road and help encourage more people to ditch cars in favour of walking, cycling and using public transport.

The scheme is being rolled out under the Transforming Cities Fund following the city council’s recent successful bid for the second tranche of funding. This funding will support improvements to local public transport and create more cycling and walking routes throughout the city centre and into neighbouring residential areas, making them safer and more accessible to locals and visitors alike.

Starting in March 2023, the scheme has taken just under a year to complete. Cycle lanes have been extended from Freemens Common Road junction to the Leicester Tigers’ stadium to create one continuous route. All temporary cycle lanes have been turned into a permanent raised cycle-track. Finally the number of lanes for general road traffic has been reduced from three to two.

Deputy Councillor Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “These plans represent another important expansion of the city’s growing network of safe and attractive routes for cyclists and pedestrians and will allow us to further extend the multi-million-pound investment we have made in and around the city centre, out into the Leicester’s busy neighbourhoods. Aylestone Road was one of the first routes to be identified and used as a pop-up ‘keyworker corridor’ to provide safe commuting routes for people during the first lockdown almost two years ago. It’s been a popular route for pedestrians and cyclists ever since.”

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