Work on £190,000 bus gate scheme set to begin
Work will start today on a £190,000 scheme to cut bus journey times into Leicester.
County Hall engineers are to build a bus gate in Glenfield at the junction of The Brantings and the A50, which runs into the city.
Officials said the bus gate would remove the need for buses travelling from the north to complete a U-turn via the A50/A46 roundabout.
They said it would also allow operator Arriva to increase services to the area from four buses an hour to a bus every 10 minutes.
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Access for pedestrians and cyclists will also be improved thanks to the construction of a controlled crossing on the A50, as part of the new traffic signal junction. The work will last six to eight weeks and access to The Brantings from the A50 will be closed.
Diversions will be put in place.
Leicestershire County Council cabinet transport spokesman Lesley Pendleton said: "This scheme will enable buses coming from the north to turn right out of The Brantings and cross the A50 carriageway.
"This will not only improve service reliability but will also enable Arriva to re-route services so residents will have better bus coverage.
"We appreciate the A50 is a key route into Leicester and we will try to keep disruption to a minimum."