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£400,000 of work is being carried out to tackle cracked and worn out road surfaces on a number of busy routes in and out of Leicester this month.

Over the next coming weeks, more than 8,000 square metres of Victoria Park Road is due to be resurfaced at a cost of £226,000.

It will be done in two phases, the first of which focuses on the area from Welford Road to Queens Road. It takes place from Sunday, February 13, until Saturday, February 19, with a full road closure in both directions.

Traffic diversions will be in place, with buses diverted via Welford Road for the 83/83A service, missing out Clarendon Park Road, Queens Road and Victoria Park Road.

The second phase will concentrate on the area from St Mary’s Road to London Road, from Sunday, February 20, until Wednesday, February 23, again involving a full closure in both directions. Bus diversions will go via Victoria Park Road, Welford Road and University Road for the services 44/44A.

Smaller-scale resurfacing work is also due to take place linked with speed camera works on Aylestone Road (850 square metres) and Welford Road (700 square metres).

That work will be carried out in the evenings, between 7pm and 5am, with lane closures in place overnight from Monday, February 7, through to Monday, February 14.

No works are being carried out on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That scheme costs £50,000 and will see 850 square metres of Aylestone Road resurfaced, along with 700 square metres of Welford Road.

Repairs and resurfacing are also due to be carried out along Scraptoft Lane, in parts of the city’s Humberstone and Hamilton Ward, and Thurncourt Ward.

A total of 4,200 square metres of Scraptoft Lane will be resurfaced between Colchester Road and Wigley Road, starting on Saturday, February 12, and running through until Friday, February 18. The road will be closed in both directions for the work, which is costing £120,000.

Advance warning signs are due to be installed over the coming week, with local residents also being notified of the work.

Leicester City Council’s director of City Highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “Works such as these are needed to ensure well-used city roads remain in a safe condition to cope with modern traffic demands.

“The condition of the road surface on these routes is also something we’ve had brought to our attention by motorists and the ever-increasing numbers of cyclists using them every day.

“While closing roads inevitably causes some disruption, we are carrying out as much as possible during the school half term holidays, when there is less traffic on the roads,” he added.

Full details of traffic and travel are available from Area Traffic Control on twitter at @ATCLeicester

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