Cycle lane improvement works to begin in Leicester park

The Rally, Leicester
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Work is to get underway next week to improve paths and cycling routes in Leicester’s Rally Park. Paths will be widened and segregated cycle lanes created through the Tudor Road park, also known as The Rally, which will link directly to new dedicated cycle lanes in Fosse Road North.

The £1.8 million scheme will also see improvements made to the park’s entrances, including a new path replacing the muddy track by Castle Mead School. New seating and additional lighting will also be installed, the city council said.

Overgrown vegetation will be cut back as well to increase visibility and make the area safer, Leicester City Council said. This includes the removal of six trees following concerns being raised by ward councillors and the police about anti-social behaviour and crime in the area, the authority added.

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A further six trees will be felled due to Ash dieback disease. At least 24 new trees will be planted in more suitable locations within the park as part of the wider scheme, the council has said.

The project will be funded via money received from the Government’s Active Travel Fund. It is expected to take around 10 months in all to complete.

It will be done in phases to “help minimise disruption”, the authority added, with work set to begin next week. Phase one will see routes upgraded between Richard III Road to the old train platform and onto Tudor Road. “Well-signed” pedestrian diversions and temporary footpaths will be in place while this work is carried out, the council said.

Councillor Geoff Whittle, assistant city mayor for environment and transport, said: “This ambitious scheme will help remove barriers to active travel in Rally Park, creating a more family and child-friendly route in the heart of a thriving neighbourhood. Once complete, it will provide a much-improved link between Newfoundpool, Frog Island and the new Waterside neighbourhood for people on foot, on bikes or using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

“It’s a further example of our commitment to delivering schemes that help make walking, wheeling and cycling the preferred choice for everyday trips for most people, and extending safe and attractive routes from the city centre into our local neighbourhoods.”