In June 2012, Southampton City Council successfully secured £1 million additional transport funding through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to introduce the proposed eastern cycle route, which will be built in phases. With cross boundary links, the route will provide a safe cycling route from Hedge End and Botley (to the east of the city), through to Southampton Central Station.
Phase one of the project began in October 2013 and will be completed by 2015. This first phase will include safety improvements to Saltmarsh Road Junction and improvements to cycle infrastructure on Central Bridge, Marsh Lane and Evans Street.
The other phases to be implemented as funding becomes available.
Saltmarsh Road Junction
Initial work as part of Phase one was to improve safety and access for cyclists at Saltmarsh Road junction between Itchen Bridge and Central Bridge. The remodelled junction opened on 15 February 2014.
The work has transformed the current roundabout into a continental inspired traffic light controlled junction. This is to improve safety for cyclists, following seven serious cycling accidents in three years and feedback from a city wide cycle survey - the largest of its kind in any UK city.
Connected future work
Major reconstruction work to part of Central Bridge and work to allow two way traffic along Terminus Terrace, up to Central Bridge, is expected to start at the end of March 2014. Work is being programmed to minimise disruption and delays. More details about work on Central Bridge can be found here.
For further information on the proposals please see the pdf documents and our answers to frequently asked questions below.