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.
The highway infrastructure proposals include;
Lane markings to slow traffic speeds at the Bennion Road/Beaumont Leys Lane roundabout and an improved crossing point.
Footway widening to create a shared cycle/footway to Beaumont Leys Lane north of Bennion Road and an on carriageway inbound cycle lane.
New crossing points, traffic calming measures to the junction of Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester Road and Greengate Lane.
20 mph speed restriction for a 120m length of Leicester Road north of the Greengate Lane junction.
New shared cycle/footway on Leicester Road outbound, two new access points for a development site and crossing points within a 20 mph zone.
Footway widening to create a share cycle/footway on Leicester Road from the Greengate Lane junction to the A46 bridge.
New crossing points and traffic calming measures to the Bevan Road roundabout.
New 30 mph speed restriction on Leicester Road between the Bevan Road roundabout and the A46 bridge including traffic calming measures, a northern gateway and new street lighting.
The public transport proposals include the future extension of the existing First Bus service no 26 to include a loop along Beaumont Leys Lane and Leicester Road to the Bevan Road.
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