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Delays in Leicester likely on Saturday during Glenfield heart centre …

People travelling into Leicester on Saturday 11 are being warned to expect traffic delays and parking disruption due to a planned protest march taking place in the city centre.

Protestors opposed to the closure of the specialist children’s heart unit at Glenfield Hospital are planning to march on a route from Victoria Park to the city centre.

They procession will set off from the junction of Granville Road and Regent Road at about 12pm.

Read more: The Birch: Loss of children’s heart unit would be ‘travesty’

It will head down London Road, Waterloo Way, along Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates and High Street, before arriving at Jubilee Square for a rally at 12.45pm.

Rolling road closures will be in place along the route from 12pm – 1pm.

They will affect Granville Road, London Road (city-bound) between Granville Road and Waterloo Way, and Waterloo Way between St Georges Way and Regent Road.

In the city centre, Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates, High Street and St Nicholas Place will be affected.

Parking will also be suspended on London Road (in-bound) while the march takes place.

Advance warning signs are already in place advising drivers to use alternative routes on the day of the protest.

City Highways Director Martin Fletcher, said: “The closure of the children’s heart unit is something that a lot of local people feel strongly about.

“As a council, we have a duty to enable demonstrations like this to take place safely, which in this case means a series of road closures while the protestors march through the city.”

Next week, a giant Valentine’s card will be set up in the Haymarket shopping centre on Tuesday (14), from 10.30am – 4pm, giving shoppers the chance to sign their names to show their love for the unit.

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