Reconstruction works right on track to enter second phase on Sunday 11 November
Work began on the £8m reconstruction of Millbrook Roundabout at the start of October this year and has progressed as planned ready to enter its second phase this weekend from Sunday 11 November 2018. As previously announced, this is essential work on a part of the road network that is vital to the local and national economy, serving the city centre and the busy container port. Around 36,000 vehicles cross the roundabout every day including 4000 HGVs.
The second phase of the works will require a closure of the North Eastern section of the roundabout and will begin overnight on Saturday 10 November. This work will take around five weeks and is scheduled for completion on Wednesday 19 December. As with phase one, the work will involve the total reconstruction of this part of the roundabout. Teams at our highways partner Balfour Beatty will be excavating to a depth of 1.5m and then reconstructing and resurfacing the road.
Why are we doing this work now?
We have been working closely with the port, other highways agencies and businesses in the area to co-ordinate these vital works. January to March is a quieter time for the port and the only time when it would be possible to close access into Dock Gate 20 for the third phase of the works. The work started immediately after the boat show in September and the closure of the M27 for the Romsey Road replacement scheme by Highways England on the weekend of the 28 to 30 September.
New travel advice for phase 2 of the works
From Sunday 11 November it will be possible to reach Wimpson Lane and Tebourba Way again from Millbrook Roundabout.
If you are approaching Millbrook Roundabout via Tebourba Way this route will not be available from Sunday. Please visit our alternate routes web pages for the full diversions and travel advice for phase two of the works. We've also created a short video which outlines the alternate routes for this phase of the works. You can find out more from the web pages below.
> Millbrook Roundabout Phase 2 Alternate Routes & Diversions
We are anticipating delays in the first week of phase two as people plan their journeys and adapt to the changes. We expect Shirley Road and at Regents Park Junction to be busy at the start of next week.
The advice is to plan your journeys and to allow extra time, especially for travel during the busy morning and evening peak periods. Our My Journey sustainable travel team have provided some handy tips on alternate travel options including cycling, walking and public transport. Please visit the My Journey website for more information.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm at Southampton City Council, said:
"Please bear with us as we work to rebuild this important part of the road network. We must invest now to secure a successful and sustainable future for our city. Some disruption is unavoidable but we are making every effort to minimise the impact of this work on residents and commuters. Closures and diversions will be clearly sign posted and all the detailed information about diversions and alternate routes is available on our website."
The works are being carried out in four phases to minimise disruption to the network. The scheduled completion date is late April 2019. You can find out more about the project from our FAQs web page via the below link.
> Frequently Asked Questions on Millbrook Roundabout Works