Work to see Hinckley’s Regent Street re-opened to cars is set to start next week.
From Monday, 4 April, work will being on the new scheme to allow cars to join buses and bikes on the road after 12 years of part-pedestrianisation.
The £75,000 project, expected to take six weeks to complete, is being jointly funded by Leicestershire County Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and the Hinckley Business Improvement District.
Peter Osborne, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Residents have been really patient with all the improvement work in the area, and I would like to thank them for bearing with us while we continue to work on the town’s roads.
“This scheme will help to boost the Hinckley economy and attract greater investment into the area.”
As well as opening the street to two- way traffic, the scheme will see 12 additional parking spaces added to Regent Street and 8 shared loading and parking spaces around George Street/Market Place.
The majority of parking times in the area will also be extended from 30 minutes to one hour and on-road parking allowed after 6pm and all day on Sundays.
Bill Cullen, Deputy Chief Executive at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: “The Council is pleased to be working with partners to facilitate opening up Regent Street to shoppers vehicles, which will provide more convenient access to the Britannia Centre car park as well as the additional short stay parking bays being provided in the new scheme.”
During the works, southbound access along Regent Street for buses, and peak-time deliveries, will continue, while passengers using northbound bus stops will be able to use the town’s new bus station.
Jonathan White from Hinckley BID said: “After five years of lobbying on behalf of Hinckley businesses we are delighted that Regent Street will once again become the window to our town centre, and we are grateful to both the county and borough councils for their support.”
Gas works within the area will also be carried out at the same time, reducing overall disruption to residents, visitors and motorists.