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Cycle lanes, new park and rides and electric buses: £70m plan to improve city's transport links

It's been described as an 'ambitious' scheme



Amy OrtonLocal Democracy Reporter

04:00, 14 MAY 2020



Electric buses, new cycle and bus lanes, more park and ride sites and better walking routes are planned for the city as part of a "ambitious" programme to improve transport links.

Leicester City Council is set to contribute £6.9 million of match funding following a successful bid for £32million from the Government’s Transforming City Fund (TCF).

The cash will be part of an overall package of investment expected to be about £70 million once money from all partners is included.


City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The major investment we are making as a council is helping to secure many more millions of pounds of Government funding from the Transforming Cities Fund.

“This will allow us to move forward with our ambitious sustainable transport schemes for cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers and to deliver a greener solution for the future growth of our city and its economy.

“The programme will also build on the transformational work we have already delivered through our Connecting Leicester programme and provides a strong platform for long-term investment in future public transport improvements.”


The programme will include the development of new bus lanes linking to city neighbourhoods, and adding to the existing cycling and walking routes throughout the city.

New bus lanes and safer cycling and walking routes are planned for routes including St Margaret’s Bus Station to the Park and Ride hub at Birstall; Anstey Lane; Highcross Street to Groby Road near to the Waterside regeneration area.

Improvements will also be made to Aylestone Road to Saffron Lane where a temporary cycle lane has recently been installed to support key workers travelling to and from Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Improvements to cycling and walking routes are also planned for the Beaumont Leys area.

Some £3 milllion will be spent on the electrification of the Park and Ride services from Enderby Park and Meynells Gorse.

The council has ordered electric buses for the Birstall Park and Ride service at a cost of £1.9million, and eight more are due to be ordered.

The 13-strong fleet of electric buses is expected to be in operation by early 2021.

New park and ride services for Glenfield Hospital and Beaumont Leys will also be developed as part of the programme.


A city centre electric link bus service to connect the railway and bus stations with the city centre shopping and other key employment areas also forms part of the plans.

Coun Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for environment and transport, said: “This ambitious programme represents a big step forward for the city. It will provide attractive, sustainable travel choices for people, supporting our work around the climate emergency and air quality challenges.


“It will also help encourage more people to make healthy choices through cycling and walking and support the increasing number of people who are already choosing to travel this way.

“We look forward to delivering some exciting improvements to public transport by introducing electric buses to a much-improved park and ride service and as part of the quality partnership we are developing with local bus operators.”

Match funding will be provided through the Leicester and Leicester Enterprise Partnership, the business rates pool, local bus operators and other partners.

Leicester is one of twelve cities to have successfully secured funding from both rounds of the Transforming Cities Fund. The combined Government and match funding represent a total investment of around £80million.

A final decision on Leicester City Council’s £6.9million contribution to the proposed programme is due to be taken on Monday.

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8 minutes ago, Dr The Singh said:


Did you mean Hump


As in ---

Petition · Bolton Council: provide speed humps on mobberley road ...




I've got the right old hump. - Post by JodieT on Boldomatic


I know how much you love and adore Pete.

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29 minutes ago, davieG said:

Did you mean Hump


As in ---

Petition · Bolton Council: provide speed humps on mobberley road ...




I've got the right old hump. - Post by JodieT on Boldomatic


I know how much you love and adore Pete.

We have one of the most historical city's and the people that run it, have sold itself to the universities.


The city has such great potential, alas it will be remembered for its above average football team and a golden mile that is shit.

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Again good for some not others




Construction work on a new prison in Glen Parva is set to begin later this year.

Initial works started on Monday and the prison is due to open in 2021.

The original outline planning permission was approved by Blaby District Council and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in September 2017.

The facility will be built on the site of the former young offenders institute.

The Category C resettlement prison is due to hold 1,680 men.

Category C means it will house prisoners in the second-lowest risk category who are approaching the end of their sentences.




A letter sent to neighbouring residents detailed the thinking behind the new prison. It states that the new prison will:

Benefit the community by creating jobs and increasing spend in local businesses;
Create a safe, secure and decent environment for staff and prisoners;
Give prisoners the support and skills they need to turn their lives around and move away from criminal behaviour.
The final design, which was presented during a local event in October 2019, will have 13 buildings.

It includes seven accommodation blocks and some support buildings, the letter says.

But the leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, John Boyce, said he had concerns for the noise and traffic that will be caused.

"The only comment I have is that one would hope that the construction thinks about the local residents," he said.

"It is probably not a bad time to start but clearly, whilst it is tucked away, it will increase traffic on the Saffron Road.

"And there are people that need to be taken into account."


MP for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, welcomed the start of work for the new prison.

"As one of the two new state-of-the-art prisons being prioritised by this Government, the new site at Glen Parva represents a very welcome £170 million investment in South Leicestershire," he said.

"It will provide new jobs and considerable economic benefits to local people and local businesses both in the construction phase and the ongoing maintenance required of the new facility.

"Only a few weeks ago I met with the Prisons Minister to discuss these new plans, and I was very pleased that the Ministry of Justice had listened to local concerns about some elements of the new site and had addressed these accordingly.

"It’s imperative that local people are consulted on the prison’s ongoing use and so I am delighted that the Minister has committed to exploring a space within the new prison for the local community in South Leicestershire which will, of course, be of considerable benefit”.

The letter states that the work will be carried out under strict health guidelines dues to Covid-19 and that there will be regular cleaning and sanitising.

Social distancing will also be put in place at the site.

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On 14/05/2020 at 12:02, davieG said:

I know how much you love and adore Pete.

Where's the mural, Pete?? 


Did you think we'd forget?? 

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9 hours ago, davieG said:

Again not good but.....


Drought on it's way.


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But at least it allows the council to pick up the waste dump in the canal quite safely.

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10 hours ago, davieG said:

Again not good but.....


Drought on it's way.


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Looks like we've got some rain coming over the next week.

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Just shows how much the canal's need dredging.Must be another 6 feet under that to take rainwater when we are flooded again!Starting to sound like my dad!

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30 ideas for a better Leicester: De Montfort University and city council launch vision for post-Covid future

Early suggestions include a Leicester bond, repurposing public buildings for those without gardens, and rethinking food banks


Dan MartinPolitics Reporter

17:52, 3 JUN 2020


Dozens of academics have teamed up with community groups to list 30 ideas for making post-lockdown Leicester a better place.

Other people are now being asked for their ideas, big and small, to help the city recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Thousands of city businesses have been shut or working under the limits of lockdown for months.

Meanwhile, political leaders expect public finances to take a hit of up to £40 million as council spending has spiralled while income has plummeted.

Most tragically of all, hundreds of people have died after becoming infected with the virus.


Now, as restrictions imposed to restrict the spread of Covid-19 are gradually eased, thoughts are turning to how to get Leicester’s economy and communities going again.

Ideas so far include a Leicester Covid-19 Bond - which could see people could invest in the city’s recovery - repurposing public buildings as space for those without gardens, and rethinking how food banks help vulnerable communities.

De Montfort University's public engagement team, DMU Local, is now appealing for people and neighbourhood groups to share ideas about how change should be achieved.

DMU and Leicester City Council are working with healthcare organisations, businesses and the emergency services to identify problems and potential short, medium and long-term solutions.

More than 70 academic experts in economics, business, the arts, technology and healthcare have been assessing the impact that the virus has had on Leicester in five key areas – health, environment, the economy, communities and infrastructure.


Their list then suggests ways the city can respond.

Over two weeks they have run consultations with more than 40 community groups and organisations, hearing from neighbourhoods how the pandemic has affected residents, businesses, schools with more to come.

And DMU has now, based on what it has heard so far, published an initial 30 ideas to help the city on the road to recovery.


30 (early) ideas for a better Leicester

Rethink spaces for outdoor learning opportunities, forest schools, open air classrooms

Pop-up health screenings, using professionals supported by student volunteers so people can get basic health checks, avoiding pressure on the NHS

A citywide network of businesses committed to giving staff paid time off to volunteer on recovery projects to build back better

Evaluate changes in the benefits system to understand what help people will need and train dedicated teams to help people apply

A community support network so the council can ramp up its public health capability to deal with the predicted increase in need for social care

A Leicester (Covid-19) Bond which is available for people to buy and raise money towards the city’s recovery - similar to those issued after the First World War

Not everyone has a home big enough for home working, study space or quiet time. Could public buildings be reimagined for work use and redesigned in line with social distancing guidance?

Develop supply chains so businesses buy from local companies, ensuring money is spent in the city and county, creating a circular economy

Tackle the digital divide by creating hubs in libraries and local centres that offer free wifi

A city centre one-stop shop dedicated to repurposing disused IT equipment and offering free training to groups isolated by the rise of technology

A bank of old computer equipment to be repurposed for those who cannot afford their own, hired out or offered at cost

Empower more young people to become entrepreneurs by giving them access to business mentors, coaching and development in trading and finance

Pop-up incubators – retail or industrial space to create a workspace for teen/young/excluded entrepreneurs to develop social/business ideas

Businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs to feed into a huge survey outlining what extra training they think staff will need in the future

Online courses to help upskill staff and tailored coaching for specific issues

Find new ways to connect young people with work, through businesses increasing the offer of apprenticeships, training, work experience and mentoring

Pop-up business units across the city estates offering low rents to business start-ups

Identify new ways to work with the most marginalised, like the homeless, to enable them to enter mainstream society, training and employment

A Made in Leicester campaign to focus on manufacturing goods in the city, with branding and marketing

Encourage larger, well-established manufacturers to ally with small to medium-sized businesses with a view to expanding their customer base and increasing employment

A concerted campaign to address individual and community mental health by uniting groups to work together

Utilise community organisations to take the lead in creating hubs for support with health, jobs, food, social, youth, community safety and adult education

A central hub for food banks to improve collection, storage, transport and distribution

Rethink debt advice and access to credit to ensure the poorest are not punished by existing systems

Co-create projects with communities to find ways tackle the underlying causes of poverty in Leicester, not just create responses like more food banks

Focus recovery in Leicester’s poorest communities through projects with residents in those wards, not just the city centre

Investigating ways to improve the food chain by helping smaller farms to create eco-hubs, reducing food miles and improving quality

Boosting biodiversity by using green roofs and green walls – incentivising developers to include these, increasing the amount of green space

Regular car-free days in parts of the city to maintain better air quality in high-traffic areas

Rolling out a successful trial run in Leicester which saw elderly people given an app to remotely track their movements. The app, which loved ones also have access to, allows people to retain independence but allow family to quickly detect any changes in routines


Acting vice-chancellor, Professor Andy Collop, said: “Everyone is working together to ensure Leicester can make the strongest possible recovery.

“DMU is full of people with the time, skills and expertise to play a role in helping Leicester emerge from this crisis as a stronger, more connected city.

“I hope we can be of real, practical benefit to people, businesses and organisations across Leicester now and in the aftermath of the pandemic.”

City council assistant mayor for neighbourhoods, Councillor Kirk Master, said: “DMU has been working closely with the council via the city mayor’s office on Leicester’s recovery plan going forward.”

If you have an idea for the programme to help Leicester Build Back Better, email it to local@dmu.ac.uk

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38 minutes ago, Dr The Singh said:

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the historical place that is the golden mile with the statue of that bold twat

Are you saying he's brave? Heroic? Confident? :dunno:

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23 minutes ago, Trav Le Bleu said:

Are you saying he's brave? Heroic? Confident? :dunno:

Who the bold twat?  He was a paedo

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8 hours ago, Dr The Singh said:

Who the bold twat?  He was a paedo

You're the one saying he was bold :dunno:

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If you're a cyclist




5 day road closure of Tigers Way in Leicester planned to install cycle lane
Engineers say they need to shut part of the inner ring road to complete a new £950k route into the city centre

ByDan MartinPolitics Reporter
04:00, 4 JUN 2020

Lancaster Road cycle lane project

A five-day closure of one of Leicester’s busiest roads is planned as part of work to complete a cycle lane scheme.

Highways engineers will close the inner ring road Tigers Way, between Welford Road and Regent Road both directions between 7am and 8pm from Monday (8 June).

Leicester City Council says diversions will be in place via Welford Road, University Road and Regent Road during the works.

The temporary closure to allow resurfacing work to be carried out as part of the Lancaster Road improvement scheme.


A £950,000 new two-way cycle lane from the junction of Victoria Park Road and Queens Road, across Victoria Park, along the full length of Lancaster Road and onto Nelson Mandela Park is being created

The new cycle track will link to the recently completed cycle lane on Welford Road.

As part of the work, significant improvements are being made to the existing crossing linking Lancaster Road to Nelson Mandela Park, where a new parallel crossing for pedestrians and cyclists is being created.

The Lancaster Road improvement scheme will support the city’s recently published Covid-19 Transport Recovery Plan, which sets out planned actions for the coming months to create space for social distancing and safe travelling throughout the city, ranging from pop-up cycling and walking schemes to bringing forward infrastructure projects.

It is backed by £950,000 of Government cash from the Transforming Cities Fund.

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Not a particularly huge fan of high rise buildings but the Belgrave triangle area would make a sensible business quarter. It’s close to the station, in need of regeneration and helps the local economy. Leicester has got some of the worst quality office space out of the bigger cities in the country so incentivising businesses and developers there should be a medium-long term plan. Great Central station and jubilee sq are steps in the right direction but they’re baby steps really.


The Waterside is massively under-utilised and we’re wasting by building a school and unambitious housing developments on it

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Beaumont Leys, Stocking Farm and Mowmacre could get '21st Century' revamp

ByDan MartinPolitics Reporter
08:43, 12 JUN 2020

Some of the most deprived parts of Leicester are being earmarked for a ‘21st Century’ regeneration.

Officials are considering major schemes they hope will improve neighbourhoods in the north west of the city which include building new social housing and creating more parks, and modern community buildings.

The plans will focus on Stocking Farm initially, and later Beaumont Leys and Mowmacre, and could, in the long run, see millions of pounds invested.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “We are talking about parts of our city that were shaped mainly in the 20th Century by the council and now it is time to revisit them in the 21st Century.

“Work is at a very early stage.

“We want to explore the opportunities thoroughly and work with the local community on an agreed vision to bring unused land and property back into use, improve life for local residents and help kickstart the regeneration of this important part of the city.”


Leicester City Council has earmarked up to £500,000 from its capital programme to carry out feasibility studies, initial project development and public engagement on a range of proposals.

Sir Peter said: "If housing is to be at the heart of our plans, we have the capital to invest some millions of pounds.

"Of course we will need to finalise our ideas before we know the exact costs."

The council will explore options for bringing Stocking Farmhouse itself back into use, with conversion into flats the most likely option.

The council-owned, locally-listed building dates back to the late 19th Century and is currently disused.

A detailed study will be carried out looking at the potential development of land and buildings around Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre, where a group of aging community buildings could be demolished and replaced with perhaps a single building, freeing up land for housing.

The council's potential to deliver new affordable housing on the estate will be investigated, with a focus on the potential to create an exemplar scheme for low carbon homes.

Proposals to improve the public realm, walking and cycling routes and way-finding in and around Stocking Farm will also be developed as part of the proposals.

This will link to the city council’s successful bid for £33 milllion of Government cash from the Transforming Cities Fund.

Abbey ward councillor Vijay Singh Riyait said: "I am pleased we're able to move forward with one of our local manifesto commitments for the regeneration of the area around the Stocking Farm Community Centre.

"It will potentially provide much-needed social housing, new community facilities and public realm improvements.

"As local councillors, we're keen to get local residents' views of what they want."

Feasibility studies and the initial project development are expected to take around 12 months to complete.

The proposals will then be opened up for public comment.

The council will be working with experts from De Montfort University on the emerging vision for the regeneration of Stocking Farm and wider area as part of the DMU Local+ initiative.

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A new centre for deep space exploration will be built in Leicester
It could help bring 2,500 new jobs to the city

ByTom PegdenBusiness Editor
16:40, 17 JUN 2020


Space Park Leicester with phase one on the left and phase two on the right

Space Park Leicester has won £500,000 towards building a new centre dedicated to exploring deep space.

The new Wolfson Deep Space Centre will build links between business and universities to study some of the biggest challenges in space exploration - from powering longer missions without solar power to getting more spacecrafts into low orbit.

The funding has come from the Wolfson Foundation, which was set up to support education, science and the arts.

It will be part of the £100 million Space Park Leicester, currently going up close to the National Space Centre.

Estimates suggest the space park could contribute £750 million a year to the economy, lowering the cost of the manufacture and launch of satellites and as an international centre for processing the data they provide.

Led by the University of Leicester, it could eventually lead to 2,500 jobs and attract other high tech businesses to the city.

Grant Bourhill, chief executive of science parks and interim director research and enterprise at the University of Leicester said: “Receiving the award from the Wolfson Foundation is a huge boost and adds to the growing high profile names associated with the Space Park.


“The Wolfson funds will allow us to increase our reach within space exploration – specifically deep space – and foster all-important collaborations between businesses and universities. Crucially it will further boost our activities in lowering the cost to access space.”

The first stages of Space Park Leicester will open in 2021, and will bring together academia and industry. Partners include Leicester City Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

The new Deep Space Centre will also work with the National Space Centre and National Space Academy – also partners in Space Park Leicester – to support students and teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects at GCSE and A-level, inspiring the next new generation of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Dr Nigel Bannister, associate professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, said: “Missions to explore the planets are expensive, so they don’t happen very often.

“For example, our knowledge of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune is based on just a few hours of data taken as the Voyager-2 spacecraft flew past in the 1980s, carrying technology developed in the 1970s.

“The Wolfson Deep Space Centre will develop new technologies and methods, and adapt existing ones, to enable smaller, lower cost spacecraft to be used in deep space - to expand our exploration of the solar system, to visit planets more often and in ways not possible before, and provide an opportunity for the UK to become a leader in a new generation of space exploration mission.”

Space Park Leicester going up with the city's Museum of Technology behind
Professor Richard Ambrosi, professor of space instrumentation and space nuclear power systems in the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, said: “The Wolfson Centre has the potential to transform how we access space for scientific missions.

“Through our close links with industry, agencies and international partners, it has the potential to open new paths to low earth orbit, the lunar surface and deeper into the solar system.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for their recognition of the world-leading research taking place at the University of Leicester.

“Their support, along with that of other partners, will enable us to develop innovative technologies and methods to transform the way we explore space in the future.”

Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation said: “The Wolfson Foundation is a charity that funds buildings and equipment that support the highest quality research.


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“This is a particularly impressive and intriguing research centre - a leader both nationally and internationally.

“We are delighted to be involved and to continue our funding in Leicester.”

Since 1955 The Wolfson Foundation has awarded almost £900 million (£1.9 billion in real terms) to almost 11,000 projects and individuals across the UK.

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On 14/05/2020 at 12:34, Dr The Singh said:

We have one of the most historical city's and the people that run it, have sold itself to the universities.


The city has such great potential, alas it will be remembered for its above average football team and a golden mile that is shit.

Not from Leicester but Dover and they has done the same only not universities but cross channel ferries which are not the great employers they once were.. we have probably the finest Normal castle in the Uk , the pharos a Roman light house the remains of a roman painted villa and Saxon ship and a Napoleonic fort but we are a town people pass through rather than visit. Some of the architectural vandalism that was allowed to take place in the nation post war under the supervision of town planners is quite sad.

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