Next Monday (3 April), a £531,000 improvement project starts to help reduce congestion at the junctions of Stenson Road with Blagreaves Lane and Goodsmoor Road.

The improvement includes installing new traffic signals at both Blagreaves Lane and Goodsmoor Road, replacing the existing zebra crossings with controlled pedestrian crossing points and improving cycle facilities with advanced cycle stop lines. Both the road and pavements will also be resurfaced and drainage improved.

David Gartside, Acting Director of Strategic Partnerships, Planning and Transportation said:

“We will work hard to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum while the works take place but would like to thank residents and road users in advance for their patience.  We are working to deliver a major improvement for the area that will assist road users long in to the future.”

Councillor Asaf Afzal, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said about the scheme:

“Residents and people travelling through Stenson Road and Blagreaves Lane have long complained about the difficulties created by the current junction arrangements.  I am pleased that following our consultation in November 2015, we are now able to start the works that will address many of the concerns expressed.”

As part of the work, and to facilitate widening of Stenson Road, utility companies will need to relocate electricity and telephone cables – all of this, including road closures will be overseen by the Council to ensure that any disruption is minimised for local residents.

To allow the work to take place, Breedon Avenue will be closed between Monday 3rd April and Monday 8th May and Goodsmoor Road will be closed between Monday 1st May and Thursday 8th June.  Signed diversions will be in place.

The scheme is being funded by a Section 106 contribution from housing developers, with the remaining costs will be met from the Council’s Highways and Transport capital programme.