Leicestershire highways scheme handed over

Topic Projects

Date 23 Jul 2020

Galliford Try’s Highways team has successfully completed works at the A5630 Anstey Road in Leicester, on behalf of Leicestershire County Council.

The scheme of works aims to reduce congestion and improve road links between the city of Leicester and the wider county, increase capacity and improve journey times. It involved work around the roundabout connecting the A5630 and A46, creating additional lanes, dualling part of the approaching A46 and installing new traffic lights.

The project also included improving pedestrian and cycling routes and will support the extra traffic movement created by a new 3,000-home housing development at Ashton Green nearby.

The scheme was funded by the city council – as developers of Ashton Green – and Highways England, as well as through part of the £16.2m allocation from the Local Growth Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) for projects which benefit the local area and economy.

Safe working practices were adopted throughout the lockdown period, as per government guidelines, allowing the team to successfully continue delivering the scheme during the pandemic, and finish on schedule.

The team also carried out local community work, which included helping a local charity with food donations, supported a school with its outdoor playing area renovation and a flooding issue.

Jamie Missenden, Operations Manager for Galliford Try, said: “We are delighted to have completed the scheme on time and within the agreed budget. The success of the project has been built on collaboration between all parties – the client, the key supply chain partners and local stakeholders. We have been delivering excellence throughout thanks to the determination, dedication and cooperation of the entire team and the patience and understanding of those local to the scheme.”

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m delighted that the work to improve this very busy route is complete. This is a major investment and should ease congestion and help to reduce delays for people in the county. It will also aim to improve air quality by encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby, commented: “The efficient delivery of this complex scheme is a major credit to the contractors and the close partnership between the city and county councils. It will provide long-term benefits to residents and commuters.”