Future Southampton

Platform For Prosperity - major road improvement project underway on Platform Road

The improvement works primary aim was to alleviate traffic congestion along Town Quay, Platform Road and the surrounding road network for the benefit of local businesses, residents and visitors. The improved transport system in this area has helped boost economic growth within the city centre and the Port of Southampton.

Platform for Prosperity - Platform Road, Southampton

The improvements provided a new section of dual carriageway along the full length of Platform Road, from Town Quay through to Canute Road, which enabled the previous gyratory system around Queen’s Park to be downgraded to a local access route. These changes also added environmental improvements to Queen's Park and Vokes Memorial Gardens, with improved pedestrian and cycle ways to encourage sustainable modes of travel, better access to the parkland and an overall increase in green space.

The works provided essential infrastructure to accommodate expansion of the port, which is supporting the continued economic growth in the city centre – including the Royal Pier Waterfront project. Other benefits include improved access to Queen’s Park and public realm enhancements at Queen’s Terrace. Local residents and businesses were involved in a public consultation which helped shape the finish design.
    • Platform Road

    Platform Road - Photo Credit: BBLP

    • Queens Terrace

    Queens Terrace - Photo Credit: BBLP

    • Town Quay

    Town Quay - Photo Credit: BBLP

    • Laying paving Platform Road

    Laying paving Platform Road - Photo Credit: BBLP

    • Installing ducting and drainage Platform Road

    Installing ducting and drainage Platform Road - Photo Credit: BBLP

    • Wiring traffic signals Dock Gate 5

    Wiring traffic signals Dock Gate 5 - Photo Credit: BBLP


Regional Growth Funding was secured from Central Government along with contributions from the council and Associated British Ports to deliver this scheme. In December 2012 £10.9 million was allocated to the scheme to reduce traffic congestion on the western approach to the city centre and Eastern Docks. This has been acheived and the Platform for Prosperity scheme had created over 300 new jobs before it's completion in 2014, six years ahead of it's target.

Public consultation and exhibition of project proposals

Public exhibitions for Platform Road took place in 2012, a comprehensive public consultation on the proposed improvements to Town Quay and Queen’s Terrace took place in 2013 and several aspects of the design evolved following feedback from stakeholders.