Providing an efficient transport and infrastructure network

Itchen Bridge South Platform Road

Southampton is a regional transport hub serving road, rail, air and sea. 

Its major transport infrastructure includes the Port of Southampton, which is an international multi-modal hub for cargo and the cruise industry, the M27, M271 and M3 motorways which link strategic routes in the city to the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and Southampton Central Train Station; which is a mainline railway station with direct links to London. 

Southampton International Airport is located to the north, just outside the city boundary. Local transport infrastructure includes a further seven railway stations, a comprehensive and growing bus network, a network of cycling and walking facilities and passenger and car ferry services to the Isle of Wight. There is also a passenger ferry service to Hythe.

Sustainable methods of travel

New development needs to be supported by an efficient and effective transport network. The new Local Plan informs where new development can go and the rate of development. An important part of the evidence base for the plan is transport modelling. This assesses the transport impacts of new development and the level of modal shift (change from the private car to other means of transport) and new transport infrastructure needed to address this.

The new Local Plan will continue to support and prioritise modal shift away from the private car to more sustainable ways to travel. In addition to reducing congestion, this will have benefits including improvements to air quality and health. The plan will support transport improvements and will consider whether a park and ride site could be developed in the medium term. It will also consider the appropriate parking standards for new developments in the city.

At the same time as the new Local Plan is being developed, the council is producing a new Local Transport Plan (LTP). This looks at transport in more detail and includes strategic transport policies and a short-term implementation plan.