Traffic measures put in place to improve pedestrian safety outside schools

By Shantelle Gondo

Traffic measures have been put in place to improve safety for pedestrians outside eight schools.

Leicester City Council carried out work during the COVID-19 pandemic to widen pavements, improve pedestrian access and reduce traffic flow outside city schools.

During the morning and afternoon school run times, streets outside schools will be completely closed to all vehicles – these schools include North Evington Bridge Junior School, Sandfield Close Primary School and St Thomas More School in Knighton.

Headteacher at St Thomas More School, Charlotte Crosse, said: “We have really welcomed the road closure at St Thomas More.

“It has made our families feel much safer as they bring their children to and from school. It has also helped boost the number of children walking, cycling, and scootering to school. 

“Hopefully it will have had a big impact on helping to reduce the air pollution near school each day.”

The road improvements have made streets safer and much quieter in the morning and end of the day especially for school children, and the city council is looking to make these changes permanent.

Work will also be completed to formalise the existing ‘School Keep Clear’ markings outside schools and include both single and double yellow line restrictions to deal with the issue of pavement parking.

In order to make all these changes permanent, the council’s Transport Improvement Works capital budget programme would have to fund around £90,000.

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Ice rink back in Leicester

By Shantelle Gondo

Due to the festive season and popular demands, a real ice rink is back in Leicester this Christmas.

The ice rink located in Jubilee Square is for all ages.

A special group discount will be also available for groups of four or more people and the rink will be available for Christmas parties and private events.

This year, special quiet sessions and several themed sections will be added, including:

  • The snowman
  • Christmas discos
  • Leicester Tigers and mascot Welford
  • Filbert Fox on ice

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Jubilee Square ice rink office.

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New 20mph zone soon to be placed around residential streets around a city school

By Shantelle Gondo

New speed restrictions are due to be introduced in streets around a city school in Leicester.

The 20mph zone will be introduced in the roads to the west of Ashton Green Road, near Glebelands Primary School.

This speed restriction is one of the newest measures which has been brought into Leicester City Council’s new road safety scheme.

Work will cost around £6,000, which will be funded by the council’s Transport Improvement Works budget.

The Glebelands scheme will also include:

  • Hogarth Road
  • Rowlandson Close
  • Lawrence Close
  • Hoppner Close
  • Bevan Road
  • Monks Crescent and many other roads around the same area.

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