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Bedford Place Scheme and Permanent Pedestrianisation of Carlton Place

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November 2022

The results of the Bedford Place and Carlton Place Consultation Questionnaire are now available to view on the survey results page.

The questionnaire was completed by 593 respondents, 38% of whom live or work in the Bedford Place and Carlton Place area. The results showed that over 89% of respondents feel the measures proposed for both Bedford Place and Carlton Place will make the area feel safer, benefit the local environment and make the area more accessible for disabled people and people with mobility issues

We'll be able to share an update on scheme construction dates in December. Residents and businesses will of course be informed by letter.

October 2022

The Public Consultation Questionnaire is now closed. We are reviewing the results and will be sharing them shortly.

23 September 2022

On Wednesday 21 September the designs were shared with members of the Bedford Place Co-Design Working Group and subsequently made available for consultation with the wider community.

Residents, businesses and visitors to the area were invited to have their say at: 

The Public Consultation Questionnaire is now closed.


Design Features

Bedford Place

The proposed measures on Bedford Place itself aim to reduce traffic speeds and increase safety. To do this the design incorporates a curved ‘buildout’ on Bedford Place, at its junction with Carlton Place. The buildout, or widened pavement area, will have a level surface and provide an accessible public area with greening and seating. Traffic will be slowed as the buildout will narrow the carriageway and provide an informal 'give way'. It will also reinforce the wider 20mph speed limit planned for the Polygon area.

Carlton Place

A key feature of the scheme is the design for Carlton Place, now a permanently pedestrianised area. The design includes defined areas for hospitality providers to use for outdoor tables and seating and will be enhanced with an open space in the centre of the junction of Carlton Place and Lower Bannister Street. The open space will be suitable for pop up events or markets, with a level surface throughout to make the area more accessible for everyone, along with upgraded CCTV and lighting to improve night-time visibility.  


25 April 2022

We have been collaborating with local businesses and residents in the Bedford Place area to formulate a package of transport and public realm improvements that will make the area safer for everyone, enhance its unique character and enable it to thrive in the future.  

The Bedford Place Co-Design Working Group included both residents and local businesses as well as other key stakeholder groups. They have met monthly since October 2021 and have made recommendations on a preferred scheme for Bedford Place, Carlton Place and Winchester Street which will showcase the area as one of Southampton’s boutique leisure destinations.   

Following the successful trial and support from the Bedford Place Co-Design Group the pedestrianised area in Carlton Place was made permanent in February 2022. The permanent design for Carlton Place will be enhanced with a square at the junction with Upper and Lower Bannister Street to provide a space that is suitable for use as an event space, or for weekend markets, and will provide an outdoor dining area that is more accessible to everyone. The temporary barriers currently in use on Carlton Place will be replaced with high quality permanent alternatives.

A separate scheme in the area is to provide a part time weekend closure on Winchester Street. The proposal is for a closure of Winchester Street between 10pm to 5am (Friday & Saturday night) using swing gates installed on the highway. This will primarily protect the area around Vincent Walk assisting with crowd management and preventing car crawling along Winchester Street which will make the area feel safer at night.

Proposed measures to reduce traffic speed on Bedford Place include positioning of wider pedestrian areas at specific points along the street, with enhanced lighting, greenery and seating. The effect of these ‘buildouts’ will not only provide a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and easier access for disabled users but will reinforce a wider 20mph speed limit planned for the Polygon area.  Gateway features will be placed at the top and bottom of Bedford Place and the entrance to Carlton Place to clearly define the area’s arrival points.  These will be unique and will complement the look and heritage of Bedford Place.


Designs for the new and improved Bedford Place will be shared with the public over the summer.