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Work begins on 9m park and ride

Work has begun on a 1,000 space park and ride facility designed to ease congestion in Leicester.

The £9m Enderby site, close to junction 21 of the M1, will see buses travelling to a hub at St Nicholas Place.

The hub provoked some complaints when an access route was initially put down a pedestrianised road.

The park and ride service, which will also serve Leicester Royal Infirmary and De Montfort University, is expected to open in the autumn.

Wildlife habitats

County Council deputy leader, Nicholas Rushton, said: "The park and ride will offer quick and easy access into the city centre and is a key part of tackling congestion.

"The route will make use of existing bus lanes meaning journeys will be swift and offer an excellent new service for residents."

Officials said more than 30% of the site will be landscaped to help create opportunities for new wildlife habitats - this will include a variety of trees.

The park and ride is a partnership between Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and contractors Tarmac.



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