Leicester has a vibrant city centre surrounded by many special buildings and places, but over the years it’s become more and more challenging for pedestrians and cyclists to get around the city. Connecting Leicester is designed to take away some of these challenges and to greatly improve connections between key places within and around the city centre.
City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, wants to restore pride in the quality and look of Leicester and has started to lay foundations for the future. His vision is to create a thriving heart of the city by creating high quality pedestrian routes to improve the connections between shopping, leisure, heritage, housing and transport facilities.
Watch City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, introduce the vision for Connecting Leicester...
Over the next year or so, a number of projects will be undertaken. Some of these exciting changes have already been completed, such as the public realm improvements to Applegate, Guildhall Lane and Newarke Street.
Work is underway on the Golden Mile Regeneration Programme and the development of Leicester Market's public square.
Leicester Market's amazing new food hall, Cathedral Gardens and Jubilee Square have opened and work continues redeveloping Belgrave Circle.
The greatly anticipated King Richard III Visitor Centre opened in July 2014. The centre, entitled ‘King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery,' guides visitors through the dramatic story of the king's life, brutal death and the fascinating story of his rediscovery. It has state-of-the-art interactive displays and demonstrations and colourful hands-on exhibits.
By improving the design of city streets, pedestrian crossing areas and bus stops, it will be easier for pedestrians and cyclists to travel around and explore the superb range of visitor attractions, discovering Leicester’s rich heritage, beautiful open spaces, iconic market and shopping that is second to none.
Leicester City Council is proud to be investing the city centre. Many of these projects will be part-financed by a number of sources including government funds and other grant giving bodies.
This short fly-through film highlights all the Connecting Leicester first phase projects. You can also view this on youtube.com/leicestercouncilnews.
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Find out more about Connecting Leicester here.