Work set to start on Southampton's first 'Copenhagen style' segregated cycle freeway on both sides of Inner Avenue

New continuous, safe and segregated cycle paths

Inner Avenue Cycle Scheme Map

As part of Southampton City Council’s ten year cycling strategy to develop the Southampton Cycling Network (SCN), Balfour Beatty Living Places will begin work this month on a £1.4m project to create new continuous, safe and segregated cycle paths along both sides of Inner Avenue.

These will be the first 'Copenhagen style' segregated cycle lanes in Southampton, where cyclists will be completely separated from traffic and pedestrians. This will be a key improvement as part of the SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway with the new lanes extending from Lodge Road to Charlotte Place southbound and from London Road to Banister Road northbound (see link to map at the bottom of this release). The SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway will go from the City Centre to Chandlers Ford when complete.

Works are planned in several phases starting on Monday 11 February at the junctions of London Road, Rockstone Place and Archers Road. The whole programme of work is expected to take up to 20 weeks (weather permitting).

The works will require changes to four bus stops and the inclusion of a proposed additional toucan crossing to replace the existing subway on Dorset Street.

There will be improvements to crossing points and continuous footways over the side roads onto Inner Avenue to provide safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

During most of the construction Inner Avenue will have two lanes open but with the northbound bus lane temporarily closed. By the end of the construction the new segregated cycle lanes will sit on the left of the road southbound and the bus lane northbound.

Advance warning signs will go up ahead of each phase of work. When a bus stop is closed please check information at the stops to see which bus stop you will need to use in the interim. Some elements of the scheme are subject to additional consultation and notices will be posted on street where appropriate.

This £1.4 million scheme is funded through the Local Transport Plan and DEFRA’s Joint Air Quality Unit Clean Air Zone funding. This is a significant step for the city in developing safe and direct facilities for people to cycle in and support more people to get around actively.

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Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm, said:

"It's exciting to see the Southampton Cycle Network taking shape. It's a key part of our ten year strategy to create a true cycling city by 2027. Once complete this will be a big improvement to a popular route for people cycling between the City Centre, the Common, the University of Southampton and residential areas."

"We apologise for any short term inconvenience the works may cause. Much of the work will be taking place in the existing bus lanes which should mean the impact on traffic flow is minimal."

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MyJourney - Promoting Sustainable Travel in Southampton

Increasing the number of people choosing to cycle can play a key role not just in reducing road congestion but in improving air quality and tackling inactivity and obesity. It is estimated that cycling provides over £5.5m of health economic benefits each year in Southampton.

As well as investing in new infrastructure, we’ve been working extensively on encouraging and inspiring people to get cycling through our MyJourney campaign and initiatives:

  • We've worked with 106 employers, from large to small, to help set up staff travel plans and support people to change their commute
  • We've worked with 53 schools, reaching approx. 23,000 pupils so far. Four schools have achieved Gold mode-shift awards, the highest standard in supporting active travel on the school run
  • We've helped set up 14 new community cycle hubs, run 152 led-rides, run 58 bike Dr events and hosted 16 ditch the stabiliser sessions that have helped 100 new young cyclists get riding

Visit the My Journey website to find out more about cycling in Southampton and to find events and support near you.

We’ve teamed up with Love to Ride, a web and app based platform that gets more people cycling through a series of rewards based cycling challenges across the year. The partnership commenced in September last year and since then a total of 799 people in and around Southampton have recorded a ride on the app, including 178 new riders. This translates as 424,340 miles that have been cycled by Southampton participants, saving 90,742 lbs CO2. To sign up and find out more, visit

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