Thanks to a tip off from a friendly bus driver: this week has revealed a small part of the tramway junction on the A50 Groby Road where it joins with Blackbird Road and Fosse Road North adjacent to the old Tram Shelter.
I’m not sure of the work being carried out but several sections of rail have been removed to allow for the works.
During the heyday of the tram network this junction was a hive of tramway activity with double tracks heading from the Groby Road Terminus on the A50 into Town over Frog Island. The reserved tracks from Blackbird Road joined at this point and also tracks from the Fosse Road/Hinckley Road route merged here too.
Don’t forget that Track Watch 2013 only works well if we all keep our eyes peeled. If you see roadworks on the old tram network and it is safe to do so, have a peek as you pass by and see if you can see any tramway evidence. Or if you suspect that tramway evidence is there but it isn’t safe to have a look don’t worry – Just drop me an email – the link is on the homepage. I’m always happy to don my high-vis vest and have a chat with the site workers. 99% of the people I have met doing this photo survey have been really helpful and keen for me to record the scene. Quite often I take the pictures in the evening when the work has finished for the day and the traffic has calmed down.
Keep in touch and keep ’em peeled!