Leicester's most confusing junction 'now more confusing' say angry residents and traders

It was billed as a £10 million solution for Leicester's most confusing junction. But now that the work is complete, people in the area are angry and disappointed.

LeicestershireLive went to speak to people in the area after Leicester City Council announced the completion of work to overhaul the complex Fiveways junction, which connects Blackbird Road, Woodgate, Fosse Road North, Groby Road and Buckminster Road and has been dubbed the most confusing in the city, to find out what impact the changes had had.

People who spoke to us said there were now more accidents and more sounding of horns, and that the change has been bad for local businesses. Andrew Holmes, 66, who was shopping in the area yesterday (Monday): "It's chaos. It's just mad.

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"There are these great massive cycle lanes no one bloomin' uses. I live in Basset Street and I can't turn right off Woodgate onto Blackbird Road anymore, so I have to go the long way round through the residential area - and it's harder still getting back home because I can't turn left off Blackbird Road onto Woodgate, either."

Viv James, who works at Booze Stop on the junction, said: "I think the council has ****** this up. We've got a wide bike lane right outside so people can't pull up outside the shop.

"If they're buying a crate of beer they're having to carry it a long way back to their car. By lunchtime normally we'd have done about £200 to £300 in business - so far today it's £60.

"They've not done the flow right for the traffic either and it's chaotic. I've seen five or six accidents in the last three months."

Lorry driver Adrian Prinvas, 56, who was shopping in the area and lives just off Fosse Road North, said: "I'm not very happy about not being able to turn left off Blackbird into the city anymore. And then if you come in the opposite direction - from Fosse Road North - wanting to go into the city you have to go into the queue after the bus lane ends.

"But if the queue is full you're not meant to go into the bus lane - you're meant to hold everyone up behind you instead, which is stupid. I just turn into the bus lane - I hope they never put bus lane cameras in.

"If they do, I'll go to court and I'll fight it."

Kim Stanton, 39, who regularly walks past the junction, said: "I think it's worse. I don't drive but when I'm at the bus stop watching everyone driving it seems like no one knows which lane to be in and it's just going to cause accidents.

"I hear a lot more horns papping than I used to."

Amir Hussain, who works at Woodgate Computers, said: "It's so confusing. There's a bike lane that nobody uses that's wider than a bus lane.

"I don't drive but a lot of motorists who come in say they've found it more confusing than before. Since it was completed I've already seen four minor collisions from cars not knowing where they're going."

Mriwaan Ibrahim, owner of Huntsman Barbers, said: "It was a totally messed up idea. It causes lots of traffic queues and the number of beeps you hear and accidents you see is more than before.

"We're not happy as shopkeepers in this area. The one thing we were looking forward to was the extra parking spaces but what's the point of them if people can't find their way here because it's so confusing?"

Sart Ahmed, who owns Hardware and DIY, added: "Business is down for us ,and all businesses. Customers are going elsewhere.

"People preferred it as it was before. It was much better."

A Leicester City Council spokesperson said: “The new, remodelled Fiveways junction has been designed and modelled by experts to provide a safer route for all users, with improved crossings for pedestrians, protected bike lanes and a less confusing junction arrangement for motorists.

“It will also help improve the reliability of bus services that use this route.

“The junction has been transformed and we know that significant changes of this kind can take time for people to get used to. We will be introducing additional signs, a little further back from the junction, to provide an earlier indication of what lane to be in and this should help address any incidents of motorists cutting in as they get used to the new arrangement.”