- Where: Bursledon Road, between Botley Road and Bitterne Road East junctions
- When: From Monday 25 February
- What: Major one year project to improve journey times
- Why: Provide more reliable travel times and safer, healthier journeys along the A3024 Bursledon Road
- How: This £5.8m scheme is funded by central Government's through the National Productivity Investment Fund and Transforming Cities Fund Tranche 1, with additional funding from Southampton City Council's Local Transport Plan
Progress update and benefits of the scheme
There are 3 predominant improvements across all of the junctions. Firstly, all the traffic signals are being upgraded to make them more responsive to demand and so that they can be remotely controlled. This is to introduce virtual bus lane technology which is a key factor in improving journey times for all road users. Buses communicate their location and route, and once they are close enough the traffic signals are held on green for longer to allow the approaching bus to get through. This will lead to more reliable bus journey times, as well as an increased capacity for vehicles on the road because the physical bus lane will be removed.
Secondly, the crossing islands will be changed to improve traffic flow through the junctions. By reversing the direction of the staggered crossings the stop line can be moved towards the junction, which reduces the time for vehicles to cross the junction. While a small change, the aggregate improvement to the junction signals is significant. As part of these changes the crossing islands are also being changed to toucan crossings with wider crossing areas and flat waiting areas.
Finally, the footways along the north side of Bursledon Road will be widened to create a segregated footway/cycleway. This will form the SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway, as part of the Southampton Cycle Network to create high quality, consistent and safe cycle routes.
What has been completed so far?
A continuous segregated footway/cycleway has been installed across the entrance to the Highpoint Centre, which gives right of way to pedestrians and cyclists over turning traffic – a new feature that is being installed city wide.
Coates Road has been narrowed to one lane at the junction with Bursledon Road, and a contraflow cycle lane has been installed which connects the SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway to the housing estates in east Sholing. Without this, residents in this area would have to use Orpen Road or Botley Road to travel south from the Freeway. The contraflow lane provides a more direct cycle route from Hightown/Thornhill to east Sholing. Orpen and Botley Road are also larger and more intimidating roads; the contraflow lane therefore allows less confident cyclists to use a quieter route. A right turn into the petrol station near Coates Road has also been created.
Furthermore, the gating system at Orpen Road has been removed to allow traffic to reach Bursledon Road from Orpen Road at all times.
In order to create more capacity on the road, a left hand turn into Kathleen Road has been created by removing the bus lane, an additional eastbound lane has been created at the junction of Hinkler Road, and a right turn filter lane into Upper Deacon Road has been created.
There is also a new footway for pedestrians parallel to Carey Road and a new cycleway on Carey Road which links to the Freeway.
The right turn into Chatsworth Road has been removed, as it contravened DfT safety guidelines by crossing a dual carriageway without control of traffic signals.
What is still to be completed?
At Botley Road, some key features of the new junction will include the creation of a central area for vehicles turning right. This clears the way for traffic going straight ahead and means on the inbound side we can bring forward the stop line and make the left lane left turn only onto Botley Road. This should make the junction more efficient for most drivers. Additionally, a diagonal cycle crossing through the centre of the junction will be installed, which will automatically detect a cyclist waiting and provides the SCN3 route through the junction for cyclists.
A continuous segregated footway/cycleway will be installed across the entrance to Antelope Park and to Bursledon Road side road (off Maybray King Way).
A new dedicated left turn into Antelope Park will be created.
To further increase capacity on the road, a dedicated right turn lane eastbound into North East Road will be added and there will be a new dedicated right turn into Whites Road. Moreover, the A3024 westbound is also being widened at the Ruby Road junction to create an additional westbound lane, so two lanes will continue onwards towards Bitterne, which should help to reduce congestion. The no right turn out of Bath Road will also be removed.
Bursledon Road (side road)
Work to create a continuous segregated footway/cycleway across the western entrance to the road (off Maybray King Way) will begin on Monday 16 December for approximately 3 days. The crossing will give right of way to pedestrians and cyclists over turning traffic.
In order to carry out these works, the western entrance will be closed for the duration of the work; the other entrance should be used for access and egress to the road.
The work on Bath Road was completed on Tuesday 26 November and work on Ruby Road started on Wednesday 27 November - over a week earlier than planned.
The work will include the renewal of the junction signals, new Toucan crossings and the widening of Bursledon Road at the junction to create an additional westbound lane and provide two lanes in each direction through the junction.
Whilst Ruby Road is closed, vehicles will not be able to exit from Bath Road to Bursledon Road. This is to maximise flows on the A3024. Additionally, the ‘no entry’ into Ruby Road from the Deacon Road end will be suspended to maintain access to properties.
The work on the junction with Botley Road is progressing well. The work includes the renewal of the traffic signals and installing signalised pedestrian crossings. There will be new Toucan crossings and a separate cycle crossing. The footway will also be widened to create a shared use footway/cycleway along the northside of Bursledon Road.
Phase 2 (the south side) was completed on Friday 22 November and the road was reopened. Phase 3 started on Monday 25 November.
Phase 1 (complete) - work on the centre islands of Bursledon Road for approximately 1 week, which will require lane closures of Bursledon Road and will be under temporary 4-way traffic signals.
Phase 2 (complete) - the south of the junction will be closed for approximately 5 weeks, and will be under temporary 3-way traffic signals.
Phase 3 – the northbound lane at the north of the junction will be closed for approximately 3 weeks, and will be under temporary 4-way traffic signals.
Phase 4 - the southbound lane at the north of the junction will be closed for approximately 3 weeks, and will be under temporary 4-way traffic signals.
Signed diversion routes will be in place. There will be a compound area on the grass for the work in phases 3 and 4. This will be used to store materials and equipment needed such as plant and machinery.
Work on a major one year project to improve journey times for all road users on the A3024 Eastern Corridor began on Monday 25 February. The project will deliver improvements over multiple phases on Bursledon Road, between Botley Road and Bitterne Road East junctions, with each phase broken down into different parts. This will include new and improved footways and cycle lanes, improvements to traffic signal technology, safety enhancements and bus priority changes through the use of virtual bus lane technology.
Below is an overview of what the scheme will deliver. You can also see the junction details and indicative timings, and see answers to some frequently asked questions.