Future Southampton

The Avenue West cycle and foot-way improvement scheme

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

The works started in April 2017 and were completed during the summer that year with the installation of the new tree pits and the resurfacing of the entire length of the shared use cycle and footway. The scheme provided segregation of the shared use footway from the business parking and parking access.

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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.