- Where: Bevois Valley / Onslow Road
- When: Monday 27 July 2020 for up to 12 weeks
- What: Public realm improvements
- Why: To increase the width of the shared footway and upgrade the controlled crossings, improve the bus stop and give pedestrians and cyclists priority at junctions.
Progress continues to go well, with work moving to phase 3. This has required the closure of Kingsbury Road as our crew will be working opposite this junction and there has been consistent use by HGVs which cannot make the turn into the one-way system without the barriers being moved, which is not possible while we are working at that location. Once work has moved beyond the junction with Kingsbury Road, in the next three or four weeks we hope to be able to reopen Kingsbury Road and to allow vehicles to travel both ways along Bevois Valley, north from this junction until the end of the scheme in the second half of October.
Issues with HGV drivers ignoring direction signage have required us to close St Mary's Road between Onslow Road and Brintons Terrace as HGV drivers were going into the one-way system the wrong way despite extensive Road Ahead Closed and No Entry signages.
Full details of all the work and the phases and timing are detailed below. We've also provided answers to frequently asked questions about this scheme, including the diversion route while Onslow Road is one way, see our FAQs page.
Phasing of work
As part of a city-wide programme of public realm improvement to support sustainable travel, including a rapid bus transit network, improved footways and cycle routes we are making improvements to Onslow Road/Bevois Valley to upgrade and resurface the existing shared footway, improve bus stop access as well as providing better pedestrian and cyclist crossings.
The work is being planned in five phases starting from Monday 27 July, working at multiple locations to deliver the work as quickly as possible. By doing this, we expect to complete the works in 12 weeks. For the duration of the works Onslow Road will be one-way southbound from Lodge Road to Dorset Street. Work will mainly be undertaken weekdays between 7am-6pm with phases 1 & 4 starting simultaneously:
Phase 1 : 27 July for approx. 2 weeks – Forster Road to across the car park exit
We are providing a transition dropped kerb for cycles to join the road northbound, constructing a continuous crossing at the car park exit to give pedestrians and cyclists priority over vehicles and resurfacing the footway. The pay and display car park will temporarily be suspended during this phase of the works for approx. 2 day
Phase 2 : 11 August for approx. 3 weeks – Car park exit to Ancasta Road
We are building out the bus stop so buses can pull away without having to wait to be let out, prioritising public transport over other vehicles. This will remove a pinch point on the shared footway, which we are resurfacing with asphalt. We are also constructing a continuous crossing at the entrance to the car park. The pay and display car park will temporarily be suspended during this phase of the works for approx. 2 days.
Phase 3 : 27 August for approx. 3 weeks – Ancasta Road to Earls Road
We are widening the shared footway on the west side to a minimum of 3m in this section and resurfacing the footway and the first 1m of road to bring it up to the new kerb line. We are also constructing a continuous crossing at Ancasta Road.
Phase 4 : 27 July for approx. 9 weeks – Earls Road to across Mount Pleasant Road
We are widening the shared footway on both sides of the crossing for Onslow Road to make the shared areas a minimum of 3m, and we are then upgrading the signals and crossing to a shared use toucan crossing for cyclists and pedestrians. We are doing the same footway widening either side of Mount Pleasant Road, to narrow the crossing width and allow us to install a new shared use toucan crossing. We are constructing a continuous crossing at Earls Road, relocating a storm drain and then resurfacing all the new wider shared footways and strips of the road to bring them up to all the new kerb edges.
Phase 5 : 26 September for approx. 3 weeks - Mount Pleasant Road to Rockstone Lane
We are continuing to widen the shared footway to 3m, constructing a continuous crossing at Peterborough Road and putting in a wider dropped crossing from Rockstone Lane to allow cyclists using this quiet way to link to the improved shared footway cycleway along Bevois Valley.
Throughout all five phases, we will be upgrading signage and where possible moving street furniture that creates pinch points in the footway.
The site compound for the works will be located in the dead-end section of Ancasta Road; this means the parking there will be suspended for the duration of the works.
You can see the sign diversion route during the one-way closure of Onslow Road online here.
We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption these essential works may cause. We hope that the finished result will justify the disturbance. To see answers to some frequently asked questions visit our FAQ page. Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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