Next phase begins Monday 14 October
The major £5.8m project to improve Bursledon Road is set to enter the next phase, as works commence at the Botley Road junction on Monday 14 October.
Improvements to the junction will include upgrades to the traffic signals and the installation of signalised pedestrian crossings. New Toucan crossings and a separate cycle crossing will be provided, while the footway will also be widened to create a shared use footway/cycleway along the north side of Bursledon Road. The work will be carried out by Southampton City Council's highways partner Balfour Beatty Living Places and is expected to last 12 weeks.
The plans signal the latest development in a one year project to improve journey times along the A3024 Bursledon Road from Botley Road to Bitterne Road East. The scheme includes improved traffic signal technology, safety enhancements and bus priority changes through the use of innovative virtual bus lane technology.
Crucially, the work also includes new and improved footways and cycle lanes which will form a substantial part of the SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway. Once complete, the new cycle route will include a segregated cycleway along the length of Bursledon Road which will link to a network of quietways through Bitterne to Quayside Road. The route will then connect to the existing shared use cycleway to the city centre.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, says:
"Our Local Transport Plan sets out our vision to make Southampton a successful, healthy and sustainable city. It outlines our commitment to improving transport in the city and to supporting all road users to travel safely and with ease. The works along Bursledon Road are strategically aligned to this and will provide an enhanced experience for everyone using this important corridor into the city. Thank you to local residents and commuters for their continued patience throughout this project which, once complete, will deliver better journey times and more reliable bus travel. In addition to this, the provision of a new cycle freeway will enable more people to travel sustainably, supporting the aims of our Green City Charter and helping us to secure a clean and green future for our city."
The scheme to date is making excellent progress, with works at Warburton Road, Coates Road, Orpen Road, Kathleen Road and Chatsworth Road all now complete.
The next stage of works at the Botley Road junction will be carried out in the following phases.
Phase 1 - Work will be carried out on the centre islands of Bursledon Road for approximately one week and will require lane closures of Bursledon Road.
Phase 2 - The south of the junction will be closed for approximately five weeks.
Phase 3 - The northbound lane at the north of the junction will be closed for approximately three weeks.
Phase 4 - The southbound lane at the north of the junction will be closed for approximately three weeks.
Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction for the duration of the works, with signed diversion routes provided.
Hinkler Road is currently running under temporary signals until new signals linking Hinkler Road, Kathleen Road and the A3024 are in place. While Hinkler Road runs under temporary lights, Kathleen Road is closed to minimise disruption to the network and prioritise traffic flows on the A3024.
Read more about the A3024 Bursledon Road junction improvements.
Funding for the A3024 Bursledon Road scheme comprises grants from central government, including £3.73m from the National Productivity Investment Fund and £500k from the Transforming Cities Fund – both awarded by the Department for Transport. Southampton City Council is contributing the remaining £1.6m.
Following a successful joint bid with Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council last year secured £5.7m from the first tranche of the Transforming Cities Fund. This is being invested in a number of projects – including the Bursledon Road scheme – which will provide new and improved cycle freeways and new technology to make bus journey times more reliable. Together with Hampshire County Council, we are now putting together our case for a share of the larger £1.2bn Transforming Cities Fund, which is available to twelve shortlisted areas of the UK.
Our goal is to transform the way people get in and around Southampton to secure a sustainable and successful future for everyone living and working in the area. We will submit our final joint bid to the Department for Transport in November and we expect a final decision on funding by spring 2020. More details on the Transforming Cities bid.