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Eastern Cycle Route - Southampton

    • Eastern Cycle Route

    Eastern Cycle Route - Photo Credit: SCC

Southampton City Council, as a Highway Authority, is responsible for maintaining and improving the cycling infrastructure within the city. The council is developing a number of research and consultation driven proposals to improve sustainable travel options like cycling and walking.

The Eastern and Western Cycle Routes are part of a strategy to support modal shift, encourage people to reduce car dependency for local journeys. This is essential to support the City’s housing and employment growth targets set out in the City Centre Action Plan.

The Eastern Cycle Route project has focused on improving cycle safety and access, through cross boundary links, from Hedge End and Botley in the east to Southampton Central Station. 

What's happened to date?

Work began in 2014 when a small section of the Eastern Cycle Route was created on Marsh Road, followed by connection of this with the Itchen Bridge (see below), via Central Bridge, alongside planned waterproofing works. Work was completed at the end of 2014. 

Following a successful £1 million bid by Southampton City Council for additional transport funding through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, the project included safety improvements to Saltmarsh Road Junction (complete) and improvements to cycle infrastructure on Central Bridge, Marsh Lane and Evans Street, completed in 2015. 

Future phases are to be implemented as funding becomes available, we will keep you posted. 

What's happened to Saltmarsh Junction?

Saltmarsh Junction links Central Bridge to the Itchen Bridge and funding was sectured to transformed the old roundabout interchange into a traffic light controlled junction.

The design improves cycle and pedestrian access and safety and was brought about following seven serious cycling accidents in three years as well as cyclist feedback from a city wide cycle survey - one of the largest of its kind in any UK city.