A FOOTBRIDGE spanning part of Leicester’s busy inner ring road is due to be demolished next month as part of enabling works for a major revamp of the area.
The 1970s footbridge spanning Burleys Way opposite St Margaret’s Bus Station is due to be dismantled, as part of the wider £10 million, Government-funded St Margaret’s Gateway scheme to regenerate the city centre site with a new bus station and better cycling and walking connections.
The bridge removal is being carried out as part of preparatory work to enable the St Margaret’s gateway scheme, which will include the demolition and redevelopment of the St Margaret’s bus station, and the introduction of a super crossing alongside other pedestrian and cycle improvements.
The work is expected to cost about £135,000 in total, and is funded by the Transforming Cities Fund awarded to Leicester City Council, which is improving pedestrian and cycle links on the inner ring road and ties in with the ongoing Connecting Leicester work to improve connectivity between key employment, education, retail and residential sites across the city.
In August 2020, it was announced that Leicester and Leicestershire would receive £20million from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, designed to help the country recover from the economic downturn caused by lockdown.
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) put forward four schemes for funding, including the St Margaret’s Gateway scheme, which was chosen for its impact on the region’s short and long-term economic growth.
Improvements in the area have already included creating a new super-crossing across Vaughan Way to connect the city centre with the Waterside regeneration area, the creation of landmark new hotel, residential and office developments including bringing the former Great Central Railway building back into use, and the installation of a new St Margaret’s bus station slip lane to cut bus journey times.
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