- Where: A3024 Northern Inner Ring Road
- When: Phase 1 completed August 2021 to January 2022. Phase 2A planned September 2022 to December 2022, Phase 2B in Early 2024.
- What: Proposed transport improvements, including junction changes and traffic signal upgrades
- Why: To improve traffic flows and facilitate more reliable journey times
- How: Funded as part of the Transforming Cities Fund
The A3024 Northern Inner Ring Road circles the Cultural Quarter, including Brunswick Place, Cumberland Place, and Civic Centre Hill. It is an integral route in the City Centre for those accessing the bustling nightlife and businesses of Bedford Place and London Road, as well as access to the Charlotte Place Roundabout. In 2021, the Ring Road was identified as a site for improvement within our City Centre Transformation, and has benefited from major projects to improve traffic flows and facilitate more reliable journey times on the A3024 Ring Road.
Following works in both 2021 and 2022, Northern Inner Ring Road is set to benefit from innovative traffic signal technology and improved pedestrian and cycle connectivity between the City Centre and surrounding areas in Early 2024.
Early 2024 - Phase 2B
More information will be released closer to the time.
Autumn 2022 - Phase 2A
Electric charging installation on Brunswick Place - COMPLETE
During Phase 2A, we installed EV charging points at Brunswick Place and Grosvenor Square, which were Southampton’s first on-street charging points.
Footway improvements on the Ring Road - COMPLETE
From 26th September until early December we undertook Phase 2A of improvements. Works took place in two different areas; the first area was the footpath outside the BBC Studios, and the second area was the footpath bordering East Park westbound on Brunswick Place from the junction with Above Bar Street, down to its junction with Charlotte Place roundabout.
Winter 2021 - Phase 1
Making Grosvenor Square one-way southbound - COMPLETE
This will involve modifying the junction to make it one-way southbound with a contraflow cycle lane, as well as carrying out improvements to traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at this junction. We will require a closure of Grosvenor Square between Cumberland Place and Park Lane and some lane closures on Cumberland Place after the first two weeks. Access to Grosvenor Square and the multi-storey car park will be maintained and signed via Bedford Place.
Resurfacing the parking layby on Brunswick Place - COMPLETE
We will resurface the parking layby, outside of Pure Electric, and install infrastructure ready for the subsequent installation of on-street electric vehicle charging points. We will require the closure of this layby, as well as some lane closures on Brunswick Place.
Widening of Charlotte Place roundabout - COMPLETE
This will involve introducing a third lane at the junction with East Park Terrace and re-lining the whole roundabout, to facilitate a better lane arrangement and increase road capacity. The graphic below demonstrates the new traffic flow of the roundabout.