Trial lane closure on Leicester's Newarke Street
An experimental lane closure in Leicester's Newarke Street will come into effect this weekend.
The trial closure along a section of the city's inner ring road is designed to assess the impact of a proposed pedestrianisation scheme to widen the footpath on one side of the road.
It will involve shutting the inside lane of the three-lane, one-way street, closest to the Voluntary Action LeicesterShire building.
Buses and other traffic will still be able to enter Pocklington's Walk on the way into Leicester city centre. Highway officials at the city council said they will be assessing the trial on an "ongoing basis" and that the duration of the lane closure will be dependent on their findings.
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City mayor 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 of Leicester.
"We want to address the dominance of traffic on Newarke Street and make it a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians.
"But we need to look carefully at the impact that removing a lane of traffic will have on what we know is a busy city centre 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.