£400,000 resurfacing works for Leicester shopping "gem"
Work to revamp a Leicester city centre shopping street is set to start on Monday.
The city council is spending £400,000 on refurbishing Silver Street, which links High Street to the cafes, boutiques and independent shops of The Lanes and St Martins.
City mayor Peter Soulsby said: "Silver Street is a gem that links High Street with The Lanes and St Martin's Shopping Centre, and should provide a really attractive route through to the historical and architectural treasures in Cathedral Square and Guildhall Lane."
The scheme will involve resurfacing the street and reconstructing footpaths.
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Once complete, it is hoped the new-look Silver Street will tie in with improvements already made to its junctions with High Street and Carts Lane at either end.
Materials used will match those of other recently revamped streets nearby such as Loseby Lane and Cank Street with terra cotta-coloured asphalt on the road and a contrasting, coloured pedestrian channel instead of a traditional raised kerb.
The scheme will also feature etched granite block work at the entrances to the Malcolm Arcade, Royal Arcade and St Martin's Shopping Centre.
Pedestrian access to all businesses will be unaffected throughout the works, which are due to be completed by the end of March, however, the road will be closed from Monday to all non-emergency vehicles.