Motorists face 4 miles of diversions as main Coalville route is closed off from July 1

Street view of Standard Hill in Coalville
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Drivers face more than 4 miles of diversions when a main Coalville route is closed off. A warning for six weeks of travel disruption has also been issued.

The warning is in place for drivers intending to use Standard Hill from Monday, July 1 as a section of the main route, which links Hugglescote to Coalville, will be shut off. The closure affects a stretch of the road between St Marys Lane and Frearson Road.

Leicestershire County Council have implemented the closure on public safety grounds and have issued a warning. A series of diversions have also been created, spanning more than 4 miles.

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The road closure comes into effect to allow Jelsons Homes to install a new culvert and widen the carriageway around Standard Hill for its new development of several hundred homes. It will be joined in future by 100 more homes in Standard Hill on the former Jacks Ices ice cream factory despite traffic concerns.

Leicestershire County Council said the nature of the works, which includes the installation of new utility connections, means that Standard Hill will be a “no through route” for emergency services. However, pedestrian access in the area will be maintained.

Diversions created to cope with the road closure will take drivers along Ashburton Road, and Central Road in Hugglescote before joining Belvoir Road and Ashby Road in Coalville and finally Ashby Road, Swannington Road and Wash Lane in Ravenstone. It’s a diversion that applies in both directions and totals 4.2 miles.

The closure is set to be in place for six weeks. More information on the closure and diversions can be found on the website.

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