Leicester road which became too busy for its roundabout
Over the past half century, roundabouts have come and gone all round the city.
Some have been replaced by traffic lights, others by flyovers and some, such as the one at the London Road/Victoria Park Road intersection, are now surrounded by traffic lights.
Here, we see the construction of a roundabout that has long since been removed and replaced by traffic lights. It must have had a short life, as this photo was taken in May 1973.
It stood at the junction of Leicester's Welford Road with Chapel Lane and Knighton Lane East. The roundabout was part of a scheme "to ease the flow of traffic at this busy Leicester suburban intersection."
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The approaches were to be widened "to allow three or more lanes of traffic to enter the new island simultaneously". There was also to be "the provision for lay-bys."
It has to be said that despite the fact that the junction was considered busy in 1973, it looks fairly quiet in this photograph — and there's no doubt that the scene is a lot busier these days!