Street closed to traffic as part of pedestrian-friendly plans
Part of a city centre street is to be closed to vehicles from Monday as part of plans to create a network of pedestrian-friendly routes.
Barriers will be in place in King Street, at its junctions with Marlborough Street and Wellington Street, from 10am, while work to install new automatic bollards gets under way.
Once installed, the new bollards will come down to allow loading and unloading between 5am and 9am on Saturdays and between 5am and 10am from Sunday to Friday.
Only businesses in the area with passes issued by the city council will have vehicle access at other times. The work aims to create a new pedestrian link between the city's historic New Walk and the Market Street shops and bars.
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City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "King Street is the link between Market Street – which was pedestrianised a number of years ago – and the traffic-free tranquility of New Walk.
"By closing this short stretch of road to traffic, we can connect two important pedestrian routes – and make it easier for people to enjoy all of our city and its heritage on foot.
"We will be looking at refurbishing the street as part of future development plans – and the demolition of New Walk Centre will give us a wonderful opportunity to improve the whole of the area."
The King Street closure is part of Sir Peter's Connecting Leicester project – a five-year programme that will link the city's historic buildings, transport hubs, shopping areas and leisure facilities with high- quality pedestrian routes.
Businesses in the area were consulted on the proposals in November.