A park fit for a Queen16th July 2014
The former car park space, near Terminus Terrace to the South East of Southampton, will be transformed into a new section of parkland; extending the boundary and space within Queens Park. A new hedge will be planted to enclose the area and parking will be relocated, on-street, along Queens Terrace and Latimer Street.
Following the removal of the former gyratory system around it; Queens Park has been reconnected with Oxford Street and the surrounding area, allowing the green space to be reimagined. Wider improvements to the area of Queen’s Terrace (east of Latimer Street) will follow.
The £1.1m improvements are being funded by the Department for Transport and Southampton City Council, and further support the council’s City Centre Master Plan ambitions for growth and prosperity.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “With the traffic removed from this stretch of road you can already feel the difference and imagine the potential of the park and Queens Terrace. I am sure that the developments within the park and surrounding area will be very welcomed by local residents and businesses, and also visitors to the area.”
Queens Park improvements plan
Existing park trees will retained and any gaps within the hedge will be replanted. The overall height of the boundary hedge will be reduced to improve access and the visibility of the park from Queens Terrace.
The existing park entrances will also be enhanced and two new entrances created to improve access to the park. Existing footpaths will be resurfaced to enhance their usability, safety and the overall appearance of the park for residents and visitors.
The improvements to Queens Terrace and the roads surrounding the park will include: a new shared pedestrian-friendly space, wider pavements to allow cafes and restaurants to offer outdoor dining, new parking arrangements, new lighting and high quality seating that will compliment the improved view across the park.
The junction with Orchard Place will also be narrowed, to help improve pedestrian crossing opportunities and manage vehicle speed within the vicinity.
This project has been made possible through the ‘Platform for Prosperity’ scheme, a major road improvement scheme which aims to reduce traffic congestion along Town Quay, Platform Road and the surrounding road network for the benefit of local businesses, residents and visitors. The improvement works provide essential infrastructure to accommodate further growth in port activity and support economic growth in the city centre.