Closure of ring road lane tested
An experimental lane closure on a stretch of ring road will come into effect this weekend.
The trial closure in Newarke Street, Leicester, is designed to assess the impact of a proposed scheme to widen the footpath on one side of the road.
From Sunday, , the left lane of three will be shut.
Buses and other traffic will still be able to enter Pocklington's Walk.
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Highway officials at the city council said they would be assessing the trial on an "ongoing basis" and that the duration of the lane closure would be dependent on their findings.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "As it stands, Newarke Street is not the most pedestrian-friendly street, yet it is a perfect link between the city centre and the old town.
"We want to address the dominance of traffic in Newarke Street and make it a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians.
"But we need to look carefully at the impact removing a lane of traffic will have on what we know is a busy route."
If the proposed scheme is given the go-ahead on a permanent basis, it will cost about £300,000 and be part-funded by the Department for Transport.