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Regeneration scheme improves pedestrian safety

Words: Laura Edgar
David Slater, Patrick McLoughlin, Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan and Nick Rushton at the ribbon cutting

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited a Leicestershire town this week to mark the completion of a £19 million regeneration scheme.

The regeneration scheme aims to bring the two halves of Loughborough town centre together. 

Leader of Leicestershire County Council Nick Rushton explained that it was 40 years ago that plans were put forward for an inner circulatory road and while the objectives have remained the same, the design changed.

He said: “We’ve created a safe and attractive environment as well as improved public transport facilities and all of this can only encourage economic growth in Loughborough.”

The regeneration scheme cost £19 million in total, with the Department for Transport contributing £14.7 million and the county council £4 million, with further contributions from Charnwood Borough Council, Loughborough BID and the local Chamber of Commerce. McLoughlin said that the scheme will help to keep Loughborough moving, boosting regeneration of the town.

The regeneration work includes:

-       An inner relief road.

-       Pedestrianisation of the town Market Place following consultation.

-       Improvements on the A6004 ring road.

-       Revised bus stop locations and new bus shelters.

-       Revised parking restrictions – the town will be subject to an 18-month experimental traffic regulation order.

Davd Slater, leader of Charnwood Borough Council, described the scheme as a major milestone in the regeneration of the town, with the relief road taking the traffic out of the town centre. The pedestrianised Market Place, he said, is “a wonderful place for shoppers and workers”, benefiting the whole community.