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Bassett Avenue/The Avenue

Bassett Avenue and The Avenue

We have implemented temporary lane closures to provide cyclists with their own on-road cycle lanes, to encourage active travel and support social distancing. This links in with the new segregated cycle facilities along The Avenue from Northlands Road to the City Centre. Please read our FAQs for more details on this scheme and see monitoring of the traffic and cycle levels along the corridor here.

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Latest news

21 June 2021

Works have started on improvements for pedestrian access along The Avenue north from Northlands Road up to Highfield Road. Details can be found here.

9 September 2020

We recently installed wands between Winn Road and Winchester Road roundabout to help highlight the new pop-up cycle lanes and to assess the impact of additional segregation along this section. This trial has given us valuable insight into the spacing and type of wands that should be used, the impact on street cleansing and the effectiveness of the measures in improving awareness of the cycle lanes and preventing parking and cars being in the lanes. Following this trial, we have taken the decision to remove the wands at this time and will be exploring other suitable options for the cycle lanes. 

We are not planning to remove the temporary cycle lanes at this stage. We are continuing to closely monitor the scheme and to assess its impact as part of the trial of the pop-up cycle lanes.

28 August 2020

In line with our assurances to local residents, we have been closely monitoring the scheme and the feedback received. As our city gets moving again, we’ve seen a steady increase in traffic levels and journey times on Bassett Avenue and have therefore taken the decision to remove the temporary cycle lanes between Winchester Road Roundabout and Chilworth Roundabout.

Between these points, Bassett Avenue will revert back to two lanes of traffic in each direction. Cyclists will be able to use the existing shared use paths on both sides of Bassett Avenue as an alternative to the road.

We carried out work to remove the lining on Bassett Avenue overnight on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September. 

As part of the adjustments made under this scheme, we have introduced additional segregation between Winn Road and Winchester Road to help people cycling feel safe alongside passing traffic. The temporary cycle lanes in this section will remain, along with the new 30mph speed limit along the whole length. We will be making further changes allowing buses to turn right into Burgess Road from The Avenue.

Please read our FAQs for more details.

Scheme details

Bassett Avenue

The dual carriageway was reduced to a single lane in both directions while major events, hospitality and highstreet shops remain on lockdown. (See Map) Bassett Avenue has now reverted back to two lanes of traffic in each direction between Winchester Road Roundabout and Chilworth Roundabout. An update on this is available under the 'Latest news' section at the top of this page.

The Avenue

Sections of The Avenue where it is dual carriageway have been reduced to one lane but for the majority of The Avenue width restrictions are in place to allow for on-road cycle lanes, while maintaining one lane in and outbound for vehicles. (See Map)


Bassett Avenue map