Future Southampton

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.

Third Avenue Cycle Scheme Consultation - July 2018

Southampton City Council is consulting on a proposal to make Third Avenue permenantly one way (east from Manor House Avenue) to be able to provide a dedicated two way cycle way along from First Avenue to Regents Park Road traffic signals. 
Southampton City Council is committed to enhancing cycling and pedestrian access across the city and resurfacing Third Avenue was the first step in improving the route. Third Avenue forms a vital part of the city’s busiest cycle network and is one of the three national cycle network routes into and out of the city (See map).
The one way would be similar to how the temporary one-way system has been operating but with traffic coming out of Manor House Avenue able to turn east or west. The map overleaf shows the proposed scheme but you can view a more detailed map by clicking the PDF link below. 
Council has investigated options to provide a cycle freeway along Third Avenue, which segregates cyclists from vehicles and provides a direct connection to established facilities on Millbrook Road West and on Second Avenue. By providing the cycle facility on the southern side, the level of conflict with vehicles is reduced to instances of driveway access only. Investigations will be made into providing priority for cyclists over the driveway access points to further improve cycle safety along the route.
Safety is one of the biggest barriers to cycling so the council are looking to provide segregated or low traffic solutions on the city’s main cycle routes. This scheme is part of a wider improvement for the provision of a cycle freeway from the New Forest and Totton into the City Centre and Central Station. In addition to this scheme, the council are also building a segregated cycleway on Second Avenue and enhancing Millbrook Road East as the last section into the city centre.
    • Third Avenue cycle scheme

    Third Avenue cycle scheme - Photo Credit: BBLP

We want to hear your views

We want everyone who visits, works or runs a business along Third Avenue to have their say on the scheme and help shape the proposals. We would like you to tell us what you think of the plans and what else you would like to see. This will allow us to develop a scheme based upon your feedback.

There are a number of ways for you to have your say:

Come and talk to us and view plans at a drop in consultation event on Thursday, 19 July 2018, between 12.30pm and 6pm at Goals, on Third Avenue. 
If you cannot attend the drop in session, send us your comments, enquiries or feedback by emailing roadworks@southampton.gov.uk or by writing to Highway Services, City Depot and Recycling Park, First Avenue, Millbrook, Southampton SO15 0LJ. Please quote 'Third Avenue scheme'. The closing date for feedback is Wednesday 1 August 2018.

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.