£5m plans to im­prove ma­jor town junc­tions

Two no­to­ri­ous junc­tions are set to be up­graded next year

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - LUCY LYNCH hinck­ley­[email protected]­plc.com

CON­SUL­TA­TION on £5 mil­lion year long road­works to speed up traf­fic at a no­to­ri­ous con­ges­tion hot spot is set to take place in spring next year.

The cash is to be spent on im­prov­ing Hinck­ley’s Rugby Road at its junc­tion with Haw­ley Road and its junc­tion with Brook­side. The two junc­tions re­sult not just in queues at rush hours but at other times of day as traf­fic joins the busy Rugby Road from side roads then waits at the traf­fic lights.

Mo­torists face just over a year of dis­rup­tion while the work takes place.

A Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The im­prove- ments to Rugby Road, Hinck­ley, will help us to ease con­ges­tion, which af­fects busi­nesses and con­strains growth, as well as help boost the econ­omy. A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion will take place in spring 2019 which will help in­form the fi­nal de­sign; with work ex­pected to start on site later in 2019.”

Le­ices­ter­shire County Cllr David Bill (Lib Dem, Hol­ly­croft) said: “The pub­lic need to see the de­signs to iron out any pos­si­ble prob­lems be­fore the work starts and make sure the de­sign is right the first time.

“Users of these junc­tions have strong views about all the present de­lays and I sug­gest that it would be as well to lis­ten to lo­cal opin­ion.”

Cllr Bill raised the need for a con- sul­ta­tion at a re­cent meet­ing of Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment and trans­porta­tion over­view and scru­tiny meet­ing.

The plan for the road­works is to al­ter the junc­tion lay­outs, widen the road, change the traf­fic lights and im­prove the pave­ment and cy­cle path. The im­prove­ments could start in May 2019 and fin­ish in sum­mer 2020.

Some of the cash is com­ing from the govern­ment’s Na­tional Pro­duc­tiv­ity In­vest­ment Fund. The work is ex­pected to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity by en­sur­ing peo­ple spend more time work­ing or train­ing and less time in traf­fic jams.

Traf­fic on Rugby road is ex­pected to in­crease be­cause of new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments planned and un­der­way nearby.

The junc­tion of Rugby Road and Haw­ley Road

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