Leicester City Council consults on PJA's ambitious Golden Mile Scheme

Leicester City Council consults on PJA's ambitious Golden Mile Scheme

A second round of consulations are under way to transfrom part of Leicester's Golden Mile.

The project team, led by PJA, has worked with local stakeholders to develop two street improvement design options on Belgrave Road, which are now being put before the general public for consultation.  This follows a consultation process around the turn of the year where three general design concepts were presented to the public in order to elicit their views and concerns.  A video file of one of the options can be viewed here.  

Both options aim to improve the pedestrian environment along Belgrave Road and achieve a better balance between movement and place.  The more ambitious option sees the road width reduced from two lanes in each direction to a single traffic lane in each direction, with an intermittent median strip facilitating informal pedestrian crossing activity.  The number of traffic signals will be reduced in both options, with improvements to the directness and simplicity of pedestrian crossings.

Appointed by Leicester City Council, PJA has led this commission and has been working alongside Opun, Access Design Solutions, and David Singleton Associates.  PJA's role has been overall project management, street design and traffic modelling, including VISSIM modelling and computer generated animated visualisations of traffic impacts.

Belgrave Road is home to the biggest concentration of Asian jewellers outside India, and is a shopping and leisure destination that attracts people from throughout the UK and further afield.  The project is the latest in a programme of interventions in order to improve the public realm in the Golden Mile area and reduce its dominance by vehicles, and follows on from the demolition of the Belgrave Flyover.

Live consultation page:

https://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/communications/belgrave-road

Project information micro-site:

http://www.opun.org.uk/golden-mile/

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