Sir Peter Soulsby has been repeatedly quoted in the Mercury as saying that such a road would be useful - and we have been told, again by people who we trust, that he is saying it privately too. See for example the article "Row over stealth Leicester ring road" where he says: "While Leicester City Council has a defined and funded proposal for Putney Road, the Evesham Road scheme is ‘no more than a line on a map....There is no secret about the stress placed on Upperton Road and Middleton Street by existing traffic. Every time I go to Aylestone I have my ear bent about how bad the traffic is. There is absolutely no plan and no funding for the Evesham Road scheme but I can see the arguments for it. Residents in Aylestone have suggested that if you were to provide the Evesham Road link it would provide the option to reduce through traffic on Middleton St by making it access only. It is an interesting prospect and if you live in Aylestone village you can see why it would be a very good idea."
When The End of The Road met with him in March 2018, Adam Clarke said there was no current plan, but it would be likely to happen in the next 10-15 years. He also gave the impression that he'd be in favour of it. When asked directly he said that the way the process would probably go was that funding would become available for this kind of scheme nationally, the council would say 'now's our chance' and at that point they'd get the evidence and details together in a rush and apply for the funding, and then do a consultation afterwards. This doesn't seem like a good way of deciding it as it means all the decisions are made in a rush and time is not taken to think about what the evidence shows. It is however what happened with the opening of Putney Road - and in the case of Putney Road which they are going ahead with, the council does not seem to have absorbed and considered the fact that the traffic modelling they did for it does not support going ahead with the road, so more time would have been a very useful thing. Go to PutneyRoadSayNo for more information on this.
Historically the council tried to build this road in 1993 and were stopped by a big local campaign. Since then the traffic has increased, the gas works (which would have pushed up the price of the plan) have been taken down, the council has been told it's air quality has to be tackled in certain areas and the draft county strategic growth plan would create a huge additional growth of traffic on this side of the city.