Leicester City Council has launched a consultation on plans to redevelop 60 acres of Waterside area around Soar Island and a section of the A50. The area “…is a gateway to Leicester City Centre and has significant potential for economic and physical transformation to create a high quality residential-led mixed-use neighbourhood which connects the city centre to the waterfront.” The plans aim to improve infrastructure to make the area a place where (amongst other things) “people feel safe and comfortable to walk and cycle through, and to the city centre.”
Plans include new cycle infrastructure and improvements to existing paths, such as the section of National Cycle Network Route 6 between Abbey Park and St Augustine’s Road. These improvements will focus on “re-establishing a pedestrian friendly character (similar to a high street with wider pavements, on street parking, cycle ways and street trees) on the A50” and “strengthening the east-west link of Repton Street – Soar Lane – Sanvey Gate for walking and cycling”. The design also looks to make Soar Island into “a destination in its own right with a mix of uses and green space which encourage public access to the water front”.