Improved transport corridor that allows smoother traffic flows providing a better alternative to New Road, and enables bus priority as well as better connectivity across the corridor for people walking and cycling.
- Increase walking and cycling between the Cultural and High Street Quarters and wider City Centre
- Provide improved pedestrian and cycle junction upgrades along the Ring Road
- Improve journey times for traffic including buses through smart technology junction upgrades
- Increase open spaces and connectivity between open spaces across the Ring Road prioritising people cycling and walking
Benefits of the improvements
- Smart technology signal improvements along the entire Northern Inner Ring Road corridor, improving general traffic flow whilst providing bus and cycle priority on junction approaches through low level signals and advance stop lines
- Improved pedestrian and cycle crossings at key junctions to improve connectivity across the Ring Road
- A pocket park at Devonshire Road junction creating a public realm area between Polygon and the Ring Road
- EV charging points at Brunswick Place and Grosvenor Square being Southampton’s first on-street charging points.
For information on the previous phases of the Ring Road improvements, please visit our page here or click the sidebar link to view the Completed Phases and Scheme Information.
February 2024 - Phase 2B
As part of our City Centre Transformation, we previously made improvements to sections of the Ring Road in both 2021 and 2022. We will now be returning from Monday 5th February 2024 to complete the final and largest phase of work, which is expected to be completed in Summer 2024.
Cumberland Place/Devonshire Road junction
At Devonshire Road, the traffic lights will be removed and the road will be closed at the Cumberland Place junction to allow the Ring Road to operate more smoothly, as the current signals are close to the Commercial Road/West Park Road junctions and cause additional delays to traffic. To ensure that people can still cross Cumberland Place, a push-button controlled pedestrian crossing will replace the traffic signals.
A new pocket park at the Devonshire Road junction will also be created through closing the Devonshire Road arm and removing the traffic signals at this junction. The pocket park aims to create an attractive safe area with additional lighting, seats, planting, and places to rest. This closure was informed by both a public consultation as well as a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation in Spring 2021.
London Road, Above Bar and Bedford Place Junction and West Park Road and Commercial Road junction
Refurbishment and modernisation of the traffic signals at the Bedford Place/London Road and Commercial Road/West Park Road junctions with new technology that allows them to be more efficient, as well as adding Bus Priority to improve journey times and reliability.
Bus priority will assist buses in crossing the Ring Road more efficiently at these two key junctions, improving journey times and reliability.
Footways and resurfacing
Footways and sections of the road will be resurfaced or repaved with higher quality materials to further enrich the area.
People with limited mobility
Footpath and crossing facilities for people with limited mobility, walking, and cycling will be upgraded so it is safer and more direct to cross between the City Centre and London Road, Bedford Place, the Mayflower Theatre and the Parks.
Restrictions in place during construction
The works being undertaken will be significant, so to reduce their impact while still allowing local access, an anti-clockwise one-way system will be introduced during the works (east to west) on the section of the Ring Road from Charlotte Place to the Civic Centre. Traffic going west to east will need to use New Road and St Andrew’s Road to travel to Charlotte Place. Some bus services may be diverted onto alternative routes, please check with bus operators directly to see if there are any changes to your usual route.
Coming from Southampton Central Station into the City Centre, vehicles will not be able to turn left at the top of the hill at the Civic Centre, but will have to travel ahead along New Road in an easterly direction to join the one-way system at Six Dials junction.
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This anti-clockwise only system will remain in place throughout the works until completion of the improvements.
Access to Devonshire Road from the Ring Road:
This closure aims to improve journey times around the Ring Road by reducing the traffic attempting to join the Ring Road and will also accommodate the construction of a new pocket park on the Devonshire Road junction. Access for Devonshire Road will be possible through Bedford Place, following the one-way system from Charlotte Place Roundabout and turning right onto Bedford Place, following this up to Henstead Road and then continuing to Devonshire Road.
Access to West Park Road, Park Lane, Grosvenor Square, Commercial Road, Bedford Place, London Road, and Kings Park Road from the Ring Road:
Access to Park Lane and London Road will be possible for traffic following the one-way system by turning right, and exit from these roads will also be right-turn only. Exit from Kings Park Road will be left turn only towards Charlotte Place Roundabout. Access will be possible following the one-way system.
Bedford Place will remain entrance only throughout construction, with no exit onto Cumberland Place. The exit from London Road, which has previously been left-turn only, will temporarily become right-turn only during construction. Please be aware that this will return to left-turn only after completion.
Grosvenor Square will remain exit only, with access possible through Bedford Place. Access to the Grosvenor Square Car Park will be as per current arrangement.
Commercial Road from the Mayflower Theatre will be right turn only onto the Ring Road.
Access to Commercial Road towards the Mayflower Theatre will be possible from the Ring Road by following the one-way system in a westerly direction and turning right.
West Park Road is usually a bus-only right turn, however through our works the right turn will be available to all. Please be aware this will return to bus-only once the works are complete. Access to West Park Road will be possible from the Ring Road by following the one-way system in a westerly direction and turning right.
Access for pedestrians, cyclists, and e-scooters:
Pedestrian connections across and along the Ring Road will be maintained, however pedestrians may be advised to use alternate or temporary walkways at times, as well as temporary crossings.
Cyclists and e-scooters may find some cycle lane approaches will be reduced or temporarily suspended during the works. Signage will be provided to indicate ‘do not overtake cyclists’ to vehicles.
More information on the access of each junction is available in the FAQs found here.
If you have any concerns or queries, please reach out to our team on CityCentreTCF@balfourbeatty.com.