Ashton Green transport improvements - Greengate Lane

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 22 Feb 2016

Feedback Updated 16 Jun 2016

We Asked

We asked you about transport improvements to support the Ashton Green development, in particular proposed changes to Greengate Lane, with a scheme to reduce the highway width and signalise the bridge over the Great Central Railway to enable the construction of a new section of cycleway and footpath.

You Said

The majority of respondents stated their outright objection to any form traffic restriction to the GCR bridge on Greengate Lane. A number of possible alternative solutions were raised by local residents. Furthermore, residents highlighted a number of existing concerns over traffic congestion, parking issues and unauthorised HGV access to Greengate Lane.

We Did

The Greengate Lane scheme is a planning requirement of the 2011 (amended in 2014) outline planning permission for Ashton Green and was a specific requirement of Leicestershire County Council as Highway Authority (County Highways). County Highways have been requested to comment on the outcomes from the consultation before any further feasibility work and consideration of alternative options is undertaken.

Overview

Ashton Green is seen as the most innovative and sustainable new development in Leicester in more than 30 years and will enable substantial progress towards delivering the 20,000 new homes needed in the City over the next 20 years.

Providing highway infrastructure improvements and additional public transport services are key elements of the Council’s commitment to building a more sustainable new community. Furthermore, the early delivery of these proposed works were conditions of the outline planning permission (2014) and necessary to ensure that cycling/walking improvements, traffic calming and speed restrictions are in place before the first new homes are completed.

These proposed improvements are part of a long term phased delivery plan for Ashton Green to ensure that all aspects of supporting infrastructure; highways, public transport, green spaces and community facilities are provided in a timely manner alongside the new development of up to 3,000 new homes.

This latest round of consultation follows on from the proposals outlined in late 2015 for improvements to Leicester Road, Beaumont Leys Lane and the junction with Greengate Lane.

The proposed works comprise improvements to Greengate Lane, Birstall at the Great Central Railway bridge to extend the existing cycle path into Birstall. The concept design includes the reduction of the existing carriageway width to a single lane over the bridge with new traffic signalisation and the provision of a new cycle path. A link to the concept design is available below.

The Ashton Green development has already delivered on some of its early planning commitments with a new shared cycle/footway to Bennion Road and improvements to the Beaumont Shopping Centre bus interchange.

Background to the Ashton Green development project can be found at http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/policies-plans-and-strategies/planning-and-development/ashton-green-development-project

Why We Are Consulting

The Council wishes to inform local residents of the proposed improvements and gauge the level of support for the design proposals. Feedback and comments will help the Council with prioritising the delivery of the works and influence the final design solutions.

The following related documents can be viewed below :

Local residents consultation letter

Greengate Lane preliminary design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Happens Next

The summarised results of the outcomes from the local residents briefings on the proposals will be reported to the City Mayor in April 2016, when a final decision on the proposals will be made and posted on the above web site. Should the improvements be approved for construction we will write again with details of the construction programme and contacts for any construction related questions.

Please click on the Online Survey below to complete the online questionnaire.

 

Areas

  • Beaumont Leys

Audiences

  • All residents

Interests

  • Planning
  • Highways
  • Public transport
  • Cycling