Future Southampton

The Avenue West cycle and foot-way improvement scheme

Avenue West scheme runs between Northlands Road and Banister Road and includes footway, cycleway, verges and vehicle crossings (see map key and annotations for details).

The works that started in April is nearing completion and weather permitting the final tree pits will be completed and the compound on Westwood Road removed by Wednesday 12 July.

The final stage of the scheme is to carry out surface treatment over the entire length of the works is planned to take place over the weekend of 15 and 16 July working between 7.30am and 5pm (weather permitting)

To ensure a safe working environment for the workforce we will be using traffic management to direct pedestrians and cyclists around the works area. The length of footway between Northlands Road and Banister Road will be closed  with pedestrians and cyclists directed to use the eastern footway/cycleway and cross via the existing facilities.  Marshalls will be present at peak times to direct users and aid access.  We are asking for patience whilst the work is being carried out and to observe the temporary no parking areas.

In order to maintain traffic flow the following restrictions will be in place during this final stage of the works:

  • -       No right turn into Avenue Road from The Avenue
  • -       No right turn into Alma Road from The Avenue
  • -       No right turn into the Avenue from Cavendish Grove

If people require access during the works, they should speak to the operations team who will do their utmost to accommodate them, however there may be a short delay or diversion to ensure vehicle movements can be carried out safely.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to maintain vehicular access at all times.

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    • The Avenue West

    The Avenue West - Photo Credit: BBLP

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the improvements being carried out now?

The timing has been dictated by weather conditions and funding availablility but in part the extent of consultation about the scheme with stakeholders. 

Why have the works taken so long? 

The extent of the civil construction work and the scale of the works are the reason for the duration. Laying the surface treatment is a relatively quick process but digging the tree pits, reconstructing the junction entrance to Cavendish Grove and adding a drop kerb outside the shops take the longest time.

Why are you restricting The Avenue, couldn't the work be restricted to off peak times?

To allow a safe working area so that our crew are not working right up to live traffic it is necessary to narrow the Avenue outbound and to contraflow outbound traffic onto lane two of The Avenue inbound. Restricting the timing of the work to off peak would extend the works and the disruption and would increase the cost of the scheme. We always monitor traffic conditions during the work on primary roads and if there is significant impact we would review the timing of work. We will be working some of the weekends when laying the surface treatment that cannot be driven over until it has cured. 

Why is Cavendish Grove being restricted to no right turn in or out?

The work at Cavendish Grove is to alter the junction design to allow safer crossing for cyclists and pedestrians. The extent of the work requires half of the junction to be closed during the work there. To do this safely we have to restrict and simplify movement at the junction. Work here is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Are the bus stops affected?

Due to the narrowing of The Aveune during the works, the inbound and outbound bus stops between Northlands Road and Banister Road will be closed for the phases that impact the road close to those stops. We will be working with the bus providers who will decide where to locate temporary stops if necessary.