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Bedford Place/Carlton Place - Temporary Pedestrianisation

Bedford Place and Carlton Place

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April 2021

We have partnered with Go! Southampton, Solent Showcase Gallery and Southampton architect Darren Bray to deliver a road painting project to further enhance the pedestrianised area of Bedford Place. This is a Go! Southampton funded initiative which will see the temporary installation of an interactive ‘grid’ design, conceived by local artist Amanda Moore, which will be laid out on sections of Bedford Place and Carlton Place. Local schoolchildren, artists and traders will then be invited to put their personal stamp on the artwork by ‘colouring in’ sections of the grid.

The artwork is currently being applied and is due to be completed next week (w/c 5th April). The designs will support the pedestrianisation scheme, which will continue to be trialled over the summer to support the reopening of local non-essential retail and hospitality venues from 12 April at the earliest. With hospitality businesses initially limited to operating outdoors, and the ongoing challenges of social distancing, the pedestrianisation of the area will create additional space for the safe provision of outdoor seating while helping to establish Bedford Place as a thriving, unique destination to shop, eat and drink.

March 2021

The trial pedestrianisation of the Bedford Place area has now been in place for seven months. Over that time, it has enabled essential retail businesses to operate safely and in accordance with social distancing guidance, particularly throughout the current national lockdown and the previous four-week "circuit-breaker" back in November.

As we look ahead, the trial will be ongoing over the coming summer to continue supporting social distancing and the recovery of non-essential retail and hospitality businesses in the area. These are set to reopen from 12 April at the earliest in accordance with the Government's Covid-19 roadmap. With hospitality initially restricted to operating outdoors in accordance with the Government's Covid-19 roadmap, the scheme will create additional space for social distancing and the safe provision of outdoor seating.

Since its launch, the scheme has evolved and concerns raised have, where possible, been addressed. We continue to actively monitor and review the impact of the scheme.

With the pedestrianisation staying in place over the summer, we continue to welcome feedback on the scheme from businesses, their users and residents. We will be engaging more closely with the local community in the coming months to provide opportunity for further comment. At the end of the summer period, we will make a final decision regarding the future of the scheme. This will take into consideration other upcoming schemes planned for the Polygon area as part of our wider plans for an Active Travel Zone

Scheme Details

The trial pedestrianisation in the Bedford Place area of the city centre was implemented in August 2020.

The temporary closures have been created by using a mixture of planters and concrete barriers which have been decorated. The roads affected include:

  • a closure along Bedford Place from Henstead Road to Carlton Place;
  • a closure along Carlton Place from Bedford Place to Southampton Street;
  • a closure along Lower Banister Street from Carlton Place to opposite the Popworld establishment;
  • two-way traffic permitted along the lower half of Lower Banister Street; and
  • a timed closure along Lower Banister Street on Friday-Saturday evenings (8pm-3am)

The previous timed closure of Winchester Street that was part of this scheme is no longer in place.  Winchester Street is being used as a diversion route while works on Waterloo Terrace are being carried out.

These measures formed an important contribution to the ‘Inside Out’ initiative launched last year by the council and the Southampton Business Improvement District (BID), Go! Southampton. This joint project was designed to help businesses in the hospitality sector introduce new or extended outdoor seating while social distancing restrictions limited the delivery of services in indoor settings. The temporary road closures in Bedford Place enhanced this further, giving businesses additional space to operate safely outdoors and creating the potential for increased trade. 

We're now working closely again with Go! Southampton to explore options to prepare the area for the upcoming reopening of non-essential retail and hospitality, including a street painting project to help bring the area further to life.

Businesses can apply for a pavement license here. Please read our FAQs for more information.

If you would like to provide feedback on the Bedford Place project, please email 

Hear what local businesses have to say about the scheme

Together with the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, we created a series of videos giving a snapshot of what some of the businesses in Bedford Place make of the trial pedestrianisation in the area. Watch our video below to hear what they had to say or click here to hear more from individual businesses.

Bollards have been spray painted to brighten up the scheme.


You can see a larger version of this image here.