Southampton City Council, working in partnership with Balfour Beatty, is due to start works on junction improvements at Frogmore Lane
The current junction experiences delays due to the close proximity of the two signalised junctions. A survey carried out by the council in March 2021 showed that 52% of responses said that there are often delays and 45% also said that the current staggered junction doesn’t allow traffic through quickly enough.
The proposed scheme simplifies the junction, making it more efficient with shorter delays and more capacity for road users. The traffic signal technology will also be upgraded to a more dynamic, reactive system that responds to changing conditions, ensuring that levels of traffic are managed more efficiently. These improvements will lead to a considerable journey time saving for buses accessing the new junction to and from the Lordshill Centre and hospital.
In addition, the scheme has improvements to the pedestrian crossings and lighting to create a safer pedestrian environment, as well as landscaping improvements and new trees planted, to further enhance the area.
Cllr Jeremy Moulton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, said:
“The scheme at Frogmore Lane will provide a benefit to everyone that uses the area – with new safety measures such as pedestrian crossings, enhanced cycle facilities and general public realm improvements we will deliver on our promise to Get Southampton Moving. Once completed, road users will notice the improved journey times through the area.”
The March 2021 survey found that 50%of respondents stated that they agreed with the council’s proposals to change the junction, while only 30% disagreed. It also found that 64% of respondents said they would like to see improved traffic flow while further suggestions to improve the area included more greenery and better landscaping (36% of respondents) and improved pedestrian crossings (28% of respondents).
Preparation works will begin on 27 September with the main junction works taking place from 18 October. The overall programme will last around six months, with an aim of completing in March 2022. During this period, the council has advised residents to use the tools available at My Journey Southampton to plan their journeys accordingly to avoid disruption.