Victory for the people as motorists' rat-run is blocked
A road being used as a rat-run by motorists is to be closed later this month following calls for action from residents.
People living around Sharpland and Montrose Road South, off the inner ring road at Eyres Monsell, want the route closed to through traffic to prevent it being used as a short cut.
Families in the area say drivers use the route to avoid queuing vehicles and traffic lights in Glenhills Way, which runs parallel to their streets.
A survey of residents carried out by Leicester City Council this year showed overwhelming support for a road closure.
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Now, the council has approved a £28,000 experimental traffic order, meaning the road will be closed at the junction of Sharpland and Spring Close. It will come into effect on Tuesday.
Bollards will block traffic, but will include a removable barrier to allow access to emergency vehicles.
There will also be new traffic signs, road markings and a turning area to allow cars which have entered Sharpland to exit safely.
The order will run for up to 18 months, during which time changes can be made and residents will be able to express their views on whether it is working.
The council would then make a decision on whether to make the order permanent.
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "Residents overwhelmingly felt there was a problem with the route being used as a rat-run, so we agreed to look at it. The work will now be carried out as soon as possible, and the experimental nature of the order means we can alter it if residents don't feel it's being successful."