Final design works to reduce congestion on Stenson Road with the introduction of signals have now been confirmed, following public consultation carried out during November and December 2015.

Plans are now available for inspection at Blagreaves Library and residents and local businesses are encouraged to take a look. They will remain on display until 23rd December.

The proposals included:

  • Widening Stenson Road to allow southbound traffic to pass vehicles waiting to turn right into Blagreaves Lane
  • Traffic signals installed at the junctions of Stenson Road with Blagreaves Lane and Goodsmoor Road to assist vehicles to exit the side roads
  • Signal controlled crossings on Stenson Road and Blagreaves Lane.

The main points arising from the consultation process were:

  • Almost 60% of those who expressed an opinion felt that the proposals would improve traffic flow at the junction
  • A similar number (61%) felt that the scheme should be brought forward by the Council.

The final scheme is similar to that which was consulted on in November and December last year with several minor changes including:

  • The proposed uncontrolled crossing with refuge on Stenson Road near Breedon Avenue has been removed and a controlled crossing incorporated into the junction signals. This has a small negative impact on the efficiency of the signals but was requested by a number of local residents.
  • The footpath on the eastern side of Stenson Road has been relocated against the property boundaries with grassed areas adjacent to the kerb, similar to the layout south of Goodsmoor Road.
  • The opportunity has been taken to improve the driveway accesses to the properties on the eastern side of Stenson Road which should help to stop overrun of the grassed areas.
  • The electricity substation will have a vehicle access provided at the request of Western Power Distribution.
  • The bus shelter will be relocated outside Keith Tomlin Bookmakers – the bus stop will remain as proposed but the boundary hedge of the residential property makes it difficult to install and maintain a shelter at that point.

Councillor Amo Raju, Blagreaves ward, said:

I’m delighted progress is being made on what is one of the busiest junctions in the city. Residents in Blagreaves and the surrounding areas have been crying out for a solution to be brought forward for some time and I’m pleased to have initiated discussions with the Leader’s office for design and implementation. I look forward to the completed project.”

The library will be open on Mondays from 10.00am to 7.00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

The proposed improvements are expected to cost up to £450,000 with the first phase starting in early 2017, and the full project being completed in Summer 2017.