£2.5 million transport infrastructure works to begin this Saturday16th October 2013
Works to develop the Eastern Cycle Route will begin this Saturday and will kickstart a £2.5 million transport infrastructure investment in the city.
Once complete, the Eastern Cycle Route will improve the journey from the east of the city to the city centre and Southampton Central Railway Station, and boost safety for cyclists.
Phase one of the work will involve the transformation of the roundabout junction at Saltmarsh Road (between Itchen Bridge and Central Bridge) into a traffic light controlled junction with additional cycling and pedestrian facilities which extend to Central Bridge and Terminus Terrace.
A further project to complete essential maintenance works to waterproof and preserve Central Bridge is expected to start in early 2014, which will bring the total value of transport scheme investment in the area to £2.5 million – a cost being covered in part by a grant secured by the council from the Department for Transport.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: "These projects form part of our continued investment to develop high quality access routes to and within Southampton and improve existing infrastructure, in line with our City Centre Master Plan.
"Undertaking both schemes at the same time will minimise any disruptions to residents, as well as ensure that both the essential maintenance and new project are completed as quickly as possible. The incorporation of the new visible and direct cycle route from the east of the city to the city centre and Southampton Central Railway Station will not only help us to meet our ambition to make Southampton more cycle-friendly and sustainable but will also improve opportunities for cyclists to cross the city safely."
Please note that as a result of this work, diversion and temporary traffic lights will be in place at Saltmarsh Road junction (between Itchen Bridge and Central Bridge) from 19 October 2013 to 31 March 2014.
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