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Park-and-ride hub work to start

A park-and-ride bus hub in Leicester is likely to be up and running by October, officials have said.

St Nicholas Place will be converted into a dropping-off point for the new park-and-ride at Enderby and the proposed Glenfield site.

The hub will see a new road for buses across the current city council car park, as well as new shelters, a taxi rank and cycle route.

Work is due to begin in April with the facility running by autumn.

Congestion fear

The project provoked protests after an initial plan sought to open up a pedestrianised part of nearby Applegate.

This was changed after people complained it would ruin a peaceful area of the city centre.

Leicester City Council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, Cllr Patrick Kitterick, said: "We have consulted widely with traders and local residents and have listened to what they have said about the scheme and have tried to address them with the latest designs.

"[The hub will encourage] more people to use public transport as an alternative to cars."

This project comes as the city council unveiled plans to bid for 67m of funding for a new central bus station.

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