Temporary traffic lights on a busy Harborough road are set to be made permanent

They were put up to help support safer cycling and walking during the Covid-19 lockdown

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:06 pm
Temporary traffic lights set up on a busy Market Harborough road in a bid to make it safer are set to be made permanent.

Temporary traffic lights set up on a busy Market Harborough road in a bid to make it safer are set to be made permanent.

The lights were installed either side of the railway bridge on Kettering Road in Little Bowden last year.

They were put up to help support safer cycling and walking during the Covid-19 lockdown.

County council highway chiefs say they have received scores of positive comments from local residents and drivers since the lights were set up.

The wider cycling lanes will also stay - with a public consultation of making the measures permanent to be launched.

A Leicestershire County Council spokeswoman said: “The funding we received from the Department for Transport was to help support safer walking and cycling around our county during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“We are pleased to have received a lot of positive feedback from residents about our work on Kettering Road, Market Harborough.”

She added: “Moving forward as the county begins to travel more, we are proposing to keep the widened cycle lane and to make the temporary traffic lights on Kettering Road permanent.

“Both of which are helping keep cyclists and motorists safe and easing traffic congestion by keeping traffic flowing through Market Harborough.

“There will be public consultation before any changes are made and we encourage the public to continue to let us know their views.”