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Western Cycle Route - Southampton

    • Western Cycle Route

    Western Cycle Route - Photo Credit: SCC

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, 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.

The Western Cycle Route from the New Forest and Totton into the city centre is one of these proposals to improve cycling and walking option and is referred to in the council’s Local Transport Plan 3.  

Second Avenue improvements - Part of the Western Cycle Route

Second Avenue cycle route is getting a significant makeover as part of changes that will give two-way access to the UPS depot. Work starts from 20 June 2016 and is planned for completion early autumn (14 weeks).

Planning conditions for the UPS Depot and Selco store developments have provided some of the funding for the new cycleway along Second Avenue, which runs from the junction with Allington Road to the junction with First Avenue. Around a thousand cyclists a day will use the new cycleway which is part of the Western Cycle Route, one of the busiest cycle routes through the city. The Western Cycle Route runs from Totton and the New Forest into Southampton City Centre and beyond.

Following consultation with cyclists and cycle groups last year, plans were drawn up for a new two-way segregated cycle lane, separated from the road by bollards. Improvements include new cycle junctions and traffic islands, better pedestrian access and new planting. The scheme will also alter Second Avenue to allow two way traffic between First Avenue and the UPS depot. This will add a give way junction with First Avenue so that Second Avenue traffic has priority (see map).

The scheme is supported by Environment & Transport Capital funding and Section 106 contributions from the re-development of the NXP site for UPS and Selco. Further improvements to the Western Cycle Route are being looked at for the future.

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