Major improvement works on the A3024 Bursledon Road to enter next phase

Second phase of works will begin 23 April 2019 and last for 12 weeks

Southampton City Council, with its highways partner Balfour Beatty, started work this February on a major one year project to improve journey times for all road users on the A3024 Bursledon Road.

As previously announced, this is a complex project which will be carried out in several phases in order to minimise disruption for road users and residents. The finished scheme will include a new bus priority corridor and a new cycle freeway as part of ongoing work to develop the SCN (Southampton Cycle Network).

The works have progressed as planned and will shortly enter the next phase on 23 April 2019. The second phase of works will take place at the same time as work by SGN (Southern Gas Networks) to replace a gas main along Bursledon Road. We have timed the works together so that we can greatly reduce the length of disruption to the area.

The full details of works and closures coming up are available below. You can also find out more and read FAQs on our web pages at Connecting Southampton

Denise Edghill, Director for Growth at Southampton City Council, said:

“Please bear us with as we work to improve this important route into the city for all road users. The work will lead to better journey times, more reliable bus travel and a completely new section of cycle freeway. We will as always be doing everything we can to minimise disruption. Further information is available on our website alongside advice from our MyJourney sustainable travel team on walking, cycling and public transport services.”

SGN Project Manager Steve Forster said:

“A lot of planning has gone into this project and we’ll be doing everything we can to limit disruption. “We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means once the work has been completed, Southampton homes and businesses will enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.”

Phase 2 Details

Coates Road & Warburton Road - 12 weeks from 23 April

The second phase of the works will include the renewal of traffic signals, the widening of existing crossings and a new Toucan crossing at Coates Road. The left turn lane out of Coates Road onto Bursledon Road will be widened to become a left and right turn lane. This will allow the right turn lane to be removed for the installation of a new contraflow cycle lane.

The Bursledon Road junctions with Coates Road and Warburton Road will need be closed for the duration of the work. This phase is expected to take 12 weeks. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

Orpen Road Junction – 8 weeks from mid-May

From mid-May for approximately 8 weeks we will be working at the Orpen Road junction. This work will include the renewal of the traffic signals, widening of existing crossings and removal of the on-road cycle lane. The cycle lane will be replaced by a wider shared footway/cycleway.

The existing gating system – which restricts vehicle access during morning peak times - will be removed so that vehicles can use Orpen Road to reach Bursledon Road at all times. This in turn will relieve congestion at Coates Road and allow for the cycle lane to be installed.

The capacity to allow vehicles in and out of Orpen Road will be increased by the removal of the bus lane along Bursledon Road which is being replaced with virtual bus lane technology.

Orpen Road will be closed to westbound traffic from Bursledon Road for approximately 8 weeks.

Later on in the year, we will return to Orpen Road to install a cycle quietway. This will involve widening the footway to create a shared use footway/cycleway.

SGN Gasworks

The SGN gas main replacement project will start on Tuesday 23 April 2019 and last approximately 14 weeks. This work is being carried out to support Balfour Beatty on their regeneration project along Bursledon Road and to avoid the need for additional roadworks in the future.

We’ll be working in Bursledon Road, starting at Coates Road moving west as far as Gavan Street. To ensure everyone’s safety, temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place in Bursledon Road. The lights will become multi-way lights when we’re working at junctions.

Some roads will need to be closed at their junctions with Bursledon Road to help the traffic flow along the main road. As much as possible we will be working within the closures for the Council’s highway improvements.