Travel & Transport - Coronavirus updates

Last updated: 15 October 2020

Travel and public transport

Itchen Bridge

24-hour charging on the Toll Bridge will be reinstated from 7am on Monday 10 August 2020.

Before that date, motorists will need to pay during the following periods:

  • Monday to Friday 7am - 6pm
  • Saturday 8am - 6pm

Concessionary travel

Concessionary travel on Southampton’s buses has reverted to the pre-lockdown start time of 9:00am, as of 15 June. This will help bus operators manage demand on public transport with new social distancing measures in place.

Bus pass applications, replacement and renewals

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we are offering a revised Gateway service of appointments between 10-3pm Monday-Friday. Please call 023 8083 2005 to book an appointment.

You can see all our guidance on bus pass applications, replacement and renewals on our SmartCities pages. If you can't apply online, please download and complete the PDF form from those pages and email to the SmartCities team.

Public transport

Please view the websites of individual operators to view the latest updates on their services.

Bus companies operating in Southampton

Train companies operating from Southampton

Coach operators from Southampton

Ferry operators from Southampton


Parking enforcement

The council will continue to enforce certain parking restrictions throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. These are as follows:

  • Yellow Lines
  • Keep Clear markings outside schools, hospitals, fire, police or ambulance Stations
  • Pedestrian Crossing Zig Zags
  • Disabled Bays
  • Loading Bays
  • Dropped/Raised Crossings
  • Bus Stops
  • Taxi Ranks
  • Motorcycle Bays
  • Suspended Bays

We would ask all drivers to pay attention to these restrictions as they are important for keeping the highway clear for emergency services, supply chain deliveries, public transport and other vital users, as well as maintaining road safety.

Please note that in off street car parks, disabled bays, electric vehicle bays, motorcycles bays and the requirement to park within the bay markings are still subject to enforcement regardless of whether the pay and display restrictions are being enforced.

Information on other parking restrictions is given below.

Resident parking zones

Enforcement of the permit parking restrictions in Resident Parking Zones 1-18, 20, 22 & 23 were reinstated from 1 July 2020.

Pay and display parking

All Pay and Display restrictions are now being enforced as normal.

If you park a vehicle in any on-street or off street location where a Pay and Display charge is payable, you will need to obtain a ticket from the machine. Notices will be placed at these locations to remind people that a ticket is required.

Residents who are categorised by the NHS as “extremely clinically vulnerable” and have vehicles parked in a council-run on-street or off-street parking facility should contact us so that special arrangements can be made. Affected residents should call 023 8083 3008 extension 1 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm).

The four barrier controlled car parks (as listed below) were switched back on Monday 1 June 2020:

  • Bedford Place
  • Eastgate Street
  • Grosvenor Square
  • Marlands

Season Ticket Holders

The council has decided that a two-month extension will be applied to the expiry date of any Season Ticket and Zone A Permit purchased prior to Friday 3 April 2020 that had yet to expire. The extension will be applied by the Civil Enforcement Officers as they carry out their patrols. Season Tickets for the barrier controlled car parks will have two months added automatically. Season Ticket holders therefore do not need to return their Season Tickets / Zone A permits to have the expiry date amended..

Hollybrook Cemetery

All parking restrictions with Hollybrook Cemetery are now subject to enforcement from Monday 3 August 2020.

Roadworks, closures and maintenance

Last updated: 15 October 2020

The schedule of roadworks, closures and improvements in Southampton remains largely unchanged. We continue to deal with emergency highway and street lighting works.

Measures are in place for social distancing to protect, as far as possible, the health of the workforce.

For general highways enquiries continue to contact us but please be aware that there may be a delay in receiving a response.