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Hill Lane

Hill Lane After


  • Where: Hill Lane, between Burgess Road and Archers Road
  • When: From June 2020
  • What: Experimental cycle lanes in both directions along Hill Lane
  • Why: To facilitate safe social distancing

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In March 2021, we undertook a survey asking for the views of residents and businesses on the proposed SCN4 Cycle Route which included active travel improvements to Dale Road, Winchester Road, Wilton Road and Hill Lane to promote cycling and walking.

72% of those responding agreed with the proposed changes to make Hill Lane, and only 16% disagreed. Safety concerns, traffic volumes and traffic speeds were reported as the main barriers to people using active travel modes such as cycling, scooting and walking.

Thank you to all those who responded to give their views. In response to this feedback, the council is proposing the following improvements to Hill Lane to support the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, whilst maintaining traffic flow and journey times for all road users.

  1. Building segregated, on-road cycle lanes on the north and south bound carriageways on Hill Lane between Wilton Road to Bellemoor Road extending the existing cycle lanes from the south. The cycle lanes will be intersected by the bus stops requiring cyclists to briefly merge with the carriageway if the buses are stopped there.
  2. Removal of the current crossing islands and replacing them with new zebra crossing points near Kellett Road and Radway Road making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road whilst reducing the number of crossing points that disrupt traffic.
  3. Installing a low-level cycle signal at Bellemoor Road junction. This signal detects cyclists waiting at the lights and gives them a five second start before the rest of vehicle traffic. This will help cyclists get up to speed and clear the junction ahead of the main traffic.
  4. Removal of the right hand turn waiting zones from Bellemoor Road to Wilton Road to allow space for the new cycle lanes.

You can also download and view the draft technical drawings of the proposals here and here.

The map below further illustrates these improvements.

To gather feedback on the above proposals, we recently ran a further survey looking to hear from people who use Hill Lane and who live and work within the local area. We are now in the process of analysing the feedback from this survey. 

If you have general enquiries or questions that you cannot find answers to, please email us at

Details of works

In June 2020 we installed temporary pop-up cycle lanes in both directions along Hill Lane between Archers Road and Burgess Road. These were introduced on a trial basis to facilitate safe social distancing by providing a separate space for people cycling and an alternative route to The Common, which saw increased usage throughout the first national Coronavirus lockdown. The scheme has also provided valuable ongoing support for cycling, following a significant rise in active travel during this time.

We have continually and closely monitored these measures and the public feedback received while they have been in place. Our autumn review of the scheme found a fall in the number of people cycling in the area and reduced social distancing pressures in The Common on the approach to winter. Based on this and the input shared with us throughout this trial, we have taken the decision to reinstate parking on the eastern side of Hill Lane between Bellemoor Road and Burgess Road. This is set to include areas where drivers with blue badge permits will be able to park and load / unload.

In order to accommodate this, we removed the 700 metres of pop-up cycle lanes between Bellemoor Road and Burgess Road in February 2021. People cycling north of Bellemoor Road can continue to use the off-road alternatives running alongside Hill Lane in The Common. A small section of cycle feeder lane will be kept at the approach to the Burgess Road junction for people cycling northbound, for cycle safety reasons.

We will be continuing to trial the 1.3km of cycle lanes between Bellemoor Road and Archers Road, which will remain in place under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. Please see below for details of how you can submit your feedback as part of this process.

Submitting feedback

To facilitate these changes the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order associated with this scheme will be modified. Experimental Orders allow for schemes to be trialled before a decision is taken on whether or not they are made permanent.

Any person may comment on or object to the Experimental Order being made permanent within six months of this modification (by 8 August 2021). Anyone comment or objection must be in writing stating the grounds on which it is made, quoting the Order title and sent to the Highways Legal Team at Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY or via email to  Copies of the Orders, maps and statement of reasons for proposing can be emailed or posted on request.

Project details

Temporary cycle lanes have been installed in both directions between Burgess Road and Archers Road. On-street parking between Raymond Road and Burgess Road has been suspended to accommodate this change. This is providing a safer, more spacious environment for people walking and cycling along this popular route with important links to Southampton General Hospital, local schools and the city centre. Please read the FAQs for more details on this scheme and the one month review of the scheme that took place on 28th July 2020 and the three month review of the scheme that took place in October 2020.

When accessing the Common, vehicles can park down Cemetery Road.


Hill Lane before:


Hill Lane after installing cycle lanes: