We asked you about proposals to improve Junctions on the A50 and the outer ring road. These were: Leicester Road/Groby Road on the A50 (known as County Hall Roundabout), the A50/ A563 New Parks Way (known as New Parks Way roundabout, and the junction of Aikman Avenue and the A563. We also asked about proposed cycle routes alongside the A50 up to Blackbird Road.
Respondents living in the county said that they were unhappy with a proposed bus lane along Leicester Road. Respondents in the city said that they supported continuous cycle routes along the A50 but that discussion on detail was needed.
We have removed the bus lane from the proposal. We are developing in detail continuous cycle routes to compliment the junction works and continuing work with disability and cycle consultation groups on this.
The City Mayor made a decision on the scheme in March 2015 and the works are planned to be on site from June (cycle routes) and July (junction works)
A comprehensive consultation exercise has been undertaken on this phase 1 project between the 27th November 2014 and the 5th of January 2015.
The consultation responses included 98 questionnaire replies. Based on their home post codes 67% lived within the county, 25% within the City and 8% did not provide a post code. Of those within the county 32 (33%) replies came from residents of the properties on Leicester Road fronting the proposed bus lane to the Station Road (County Hall) roundabout. A further 16 (16%) were from Station Road, Faire Road and other adjacent streets.
In addition to the questionnaire responses, 34 comments were received via correspondence from residents, statutory consultees and other interested parties. The majority of comments were from county residents regarding the proposals within the county. City residents generally supported the proposals and a majority agreed the proposals would improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in particular. Two comments were made in respect of the cycle lane (Groby Road) including the loss of verge/parking and potential conflict with pedestrians and cars.
Ward Councillors from Fosse Ward raised no objections to the scheme and stated a preference for cycle routes to be segregated.
Leicester Inclusive Design Advisory Panel was presented with the proposals at their meeting of December 10th 2014. Members of the panel were concerned that further conversion of footways to shared cycle/ pedestrian routes could mean a higher likelihood of conflicts and excludes many disabled and older people who no longer feel safe on footways, sending out a message that cycling on footways is encouraged.
The Local City Access Forum and Leicester Cycle Workshop have made comments regarding the proposals. The Cycle Workshop raised a number of detailed matters concerning possible collisions with cyclists using the footpaths while vehicles were exiting private accesses, the need for a consistent side road entry treatment along the length of the cycleway and to ensure there is sufficient width on the footpaths to accommodate two way cycling and pedestrian movements.