Southampton City Council has today announced it will begin essential work to renovate Millbrook Roundabout on Monday 1st October 2018.
The entire roundabout will be reconstructed to a depth of over one metre and completely resurfaced over a period of six months. A completion date has been set for April 2019.
This confirmation follows the announcement last year that Southampton City Council successfully secured £5m of funding from the Department for Transport to help cover the cost of the project. The bid was made after surveys found that a complete renovation was needed to ensure a road of high importance to the local and national economy was kept fit for the future. The benefits of carrying out this work include:
- A structurally sound roundabout
- All new surfaces, drainage and kerbing
- New traffic signal infrastructure
- A new dedicated two way cycle route
Southampton City Council is contributing £3.3m to meet the total cost of the £8.3m scheme. The work will be carried out by its highways partner Balfour Beatty.
While every effort will be made to minimise disruption, with a project of this size on such a busy part of the road network, significant delays at peak times are likely.
Southampton City Council have co-ordinated with Highways England to avoid conflicting with the delivery of their proposed improvement works at Redbridge Roundabout. The major construction works for this scheme will now commence in May 2019.
> Read more on Highways England planned works for Redbridge Roundabout
The advice is to plan journeys in advance. Southampton City Council will release detailed information for road users and residents about the works including the diversion routes in the coming weeks.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport at Southampton City Council, said:
“Millbrook Roundabout is a road of national and local significance serving both the city centre and the busy container port. We must act now in order to ensure it is fit for the future.
“Please bear with us while we complete these vital works. Closures and diversions will be signposted clearly nearer to the time and we will be providing detailed information ahead of and throughout the works. We are making every effort to minimise the impact on residents and commuters, working closely with the port and other businesses.”
Joe Clark, Highways England Project Manager, said:
“We are working closely with Southampton City Council and other partners to ensure that the work on Redbridge Roundabout is carried out in a coordinated way while keeping disruption to a minimum. Once complete in Spring 2020, the improved roundabout will ensure reduced congestion and smoother more reliable journeys, helping to support the local and national economy into the future.”
As part of the works Southampton City Council is introducing a new dedicated cycle lane showing its commitment to create high quality, safe cycle routes across the city.
The council's My Journey team are also working closely with businesses and major employers in the area to encourage and incentivise people to walk, cycle or use public transport.
You can find out more about Southampton City Council’s vision for to create a liveable, integrated, thriving and mobile city where safe cycling is a daily norm by checking out the Cycling Strategy 2017-2027 page.