Work set to start on £55,000 scheme to improve busy Syston town centre junction

An artist's impression of the completed junction EMN-150327-181527001

An artist's impression of the completed junction EMN-150327-181527001

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Work to improve a busy junction in Syston town centre is due to start.

Leicestershire County Council is making improvements to the junction between Melton Road/High Street/Barkby Road as part of a £55,000 scheme.

The initiative includes relocating the zebra crossing, creating safer pedestrian crossing points, improving access for wheelchair users, improving visibility at the roundabout and the ‘decluttering’ of non-essential signs.

Work is set to begin on Tuesday, April 7 and will take place outside of rush-hour (from 9am – 3pm) to minimise disruption. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation during that time.

Pete Price, assistant director for transportation at Leicestershire County Council, said: “We recognise work needs to be done to improve safety at this key junction.

“As well as helping achieve this, these improvements should also make it easier for people to drive, cycle and walk to the town centre.

“Work will take longer than originally proposed as we have decided to limit it to take place outside of peak commuting and school drop-off and pick-up times.

“This should minimise disruption, make it easier for businesses receiving early morning deliveries and enable us to complete work with the least overall impact on road users.”

Work is due to be completed by June 24.

Pedestrians will have defined crossing facilities during the work, which will be carried out in stages on the three roads.