Syston Road Safety Consultation Begins

A consultation launched on 26th August 2014 for a scheme to improve road safety in Syston town centre. The county council is asking people for their views on a series of proposals that aim to enhance pedestrian safety, improve visibility at the roundabout and create a high quality town centre. Local residents, businesses, schools and town and local councillors have previously voiced their concerns about road safety on Melton Road, High Street and Barkby Road junction in Syston Town centre. In response the council is proposing to introduce a number of improvements, including:

  • Creating safer pedestrian crossing points
  •  Improved access for wheelchair users
  •  A redesigned zebra crossing to improve visibility for all road users
  •  Improved visibility at the roundabout
  • Reducing the number of lanes approaching from Melton Road
  •  Installing cycle parking
  •  Creating extra space for seating
  •  Decluttering by removing non-essential road signs

Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We are really keen to hear people’s views on our proposals. We understand the town’s concerns about road safety and these proposals aim to make improvements for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. This should, in turn, encourage more people to visit Syston, encourage further economic growth and make it easier for people to drive, cycle and walk to the town centre.” Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the work to improve the town centre is planned to start in early 2015. The consultation closes on 19th September 2014. Letters are being delivered to homes in the area but for further details, and to have your say, visit: www.leics.gov.uk/syston

Hard copies of proposals are available at:

  •  Syston Town Council
  •  Syston Library
  • County Hall
  • Or call the county council’s Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 0001.