Protest against Leicester bus lane project

Bus lane protest The group has also handed over a 1,400-signature petition against the bus lanes to council officials

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About 100 people have taken part in a protest against a project to reduce congestion on a Leicester bus route.

Leicestershire County Council has secured a government grant to improve bus lanes along the A426 between Blaby and Leicester via Glen Parva.

But Glen Parva residents say the improvements are not needed and the project, which will cost about £5m, is a "waste of money".

A public consultation on the bus lane project ended on Friday.

Glen Parva parish councillor Richard Johnson, who took part in the protest, said: "The road doesn't need bus lanes, there isn't a demand for the bus services.

"It's a waste of £5m of taxpayers' money," he said.

'Heavily congested'

The Glen Parva Action Group has already handed over a 1,400-signature petition to officials at Leicester's County Hall.

A £2.5m government grant has been supplemented by £1.5m from Leicester City Council, £596,000 from Leicestershire County Council and £290,000 from Arriva, the main bus operator on the route.

Plans include new bus lanes and junction improvements being installed on the stretch between Blaby and the city centre.

Lesley Pendleton, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "This route is heavily congested at peak time and, as a result, bus services can be affected.

"These measures will help reduce journey times and improve congestion on this key route into Leicester."

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