Limited access roads in Southampton

Since Monday 26 February 2024, Portland Terrace (SO15 1QD) has been added to the list of current roads within Southampton City that have restricted access to vehicles (moving traffic areas). This updated list is now:

  • New Road - SO14 0YN
  • Northam Road A3024 - SO14 0QH
  • Portland Terrace - SO15 1QD
  • Shirley Road - SO15 3HR
  • Violet Road
  • Vincents Walk - SO14 7GW

Portland Terrace only - People who drive through the restriction at Portland Terrace will receive a Warning Notice, and on their second contravention they will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £70 (reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days).

Warning Letters and PCN’s will be sent through the post to the Registered Keeper of the vehicle. To allow enough time between a Warning Notice being processed and received by the driver, there will be a period of approximately two weeks after a Warning Notice is activated and a PCN is issued.

Other listed roads - As the other roads have had the restrictions in place for some time, these roads continue to be enforced as normal. If a vehicle is captured breaking the regulations then a PCN will be issued.

Accessing roads in a moving traffic area, including bus lanes and bus gates

Certain vehicles can apply for an exemption to access these areas using our online form. These are:

  • Taxis
  • Buses
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) (to access Vincents Walk only)
  • School transport or employee (to access Violet Road only)
  • Residents of Violet Road (to access this street only)

Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself at least a couple of minutes to fill in the form.

Before you apply, you will need:

  • Vehicle registration number, if applying for a specific vehicle
  • List of vehicle registration numbers, if applying for multiple buses or HGVs
  • Copy of the vehicle V5C logbook, showing the address the vehicle is registered to and the vehicle registration number, if a resident of Violet Road
  • Copy of taxi vehicle licence, showing the vehicle registration number and the expiry date, if applying as a taxi

Request access to a moving traffic area

What happens next

We will review your application and contact you within 10 working days.

Taxis not licensed by Southampton City Council

Please be aware that hackney carriage and private hire vehicles not licensed by Southampton City Council will only have access to the listed roads and bus lanes Monday to Friday between 7-9.30am and 4-6pm. Outside of these times, you will not be allowed to use the bus lanes.

The vehicle must also be registered on or after 1 September 2015 (for diesel vehicles) or, on or after 1 January 2006 (for petrol vehicles).