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Western Cycle Route - Southampton

    • Western Cycle Route

    Western Cycle Route - Photo Credit: SCC

The Western Cycle Route is one of the busiest cycle routes into and through the city. It runs from Totton and the New Forest into Southampton City Centre and beyond. This route and the investment in it forms part of a strategy to improve cycling and walking options and is referred to in the city council’s Local Transport Plan 3. 

Southampton City Council, as a Highway Authority, is responsible for maintaining and improving the cycling infrastructure within the city. The council is developing a number of research and consultation driven proposals to improve sustainable travel options like cycling and walking.

This is part of a strategy to support modal shift and encourage people to reduce car dependency for local journeys. This is essential to support the city’s housing and employment growth targets set out in the City Centre Action Plan.

Millbrook Road West Cycleway resurfacing - December 2017

The new surface on the Millbrook Road West cycle and foot-way was laid between Regents Park Road junction all the way to where the flyover goes over Paynes Road (See map). Carried out at night to reduce disruption the work marks the beginning of wider planned investment in the West Cycle Route. 

The Highways England improvements at Redbridge Roundabout planned to start in March (Read more) will enhance the existing cycle-ways and are expected to extend and link into the new cycle route along Second Avenue and First Avenue into Dock Gate 20. 

The most exciting and challenging plans will be for Third Avenue, which we hope to provide more details about by the middle of 2018.

Second Avenue improvements - August 2016

Second Avenue cycle route had a significant makeover in 2016 and now provides a two way segregated cycle-way as requested by cyclists and cycling groups.

Planning conditions for the UPS Depot and Selco store developments provided some of the funding for the new cycle-way along Second Avenue, which runs from the junction with Allington Road to the junction with First Avenue.

Around a thousand cyclists a day use this new cycle-way which makes it one of the busiest cycle routes through the city.