City centre junction closed for major improvements

A busy Leicester city centre junction will be closed to traffic from today (5 May) as work on a £1.3m street improvement nears completion.

Welford Place will be closed for up to ten weeks, as part of the major project to revamp Belvoir Street and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

The short stretch of road – which links Belvoir Street to the junction of Newarke Street and Welford Road – will be improved with wider pavements and safer road crossings.

Leicester City Council says the improvements will also provide a continuous safe route for cyclists, linking the new cycle lanes on Belvoir Street and Newarke Street.

Work to improve the junction of Belvoir Street with King Street and Wellington Street is ongoing, and Belvoir Street will remain closed as planned.

This latest phase of work will require some outbound bus services to be diverted.

Bus stops on Rutland Street, Welford Place and Welford Road, close to the New Walk Centre development, will be suspended.

Services affected include Arriva services 47, 47A, 49, 84, 85,86 and 87, Centrebus services 83 and 83A, First services 88 and 88A, and Hinckley Bus service X84.

These services will be diverted via Charles Street, St George’s Way, Waterloo Way and Regent Road, onto Welford Road.

A temporary stop will be in use on Charles Street, close to the Foister Rooms.

Inbound bus services will be unaffected.

Diversions will also be in place for general traffic, with local arrangements in place for businesses in the area.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Belvoir Street and Welford Place are due to reopen to traffic in early August.