- Where: City wide
- When: May 2020 - Ongoing
- What: Rapid build of measures to support walking and cycling
- Why: To support social distancing, protect the safety of all road users and encourage active travel
- How: £4.3m from various funding sources
Southampton City Council has produced its Green Transport Recovery Plan to encourage safe and active travel throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The council is keen to support and maintain the positive health and environmental benefits that residents have experienced during this time, including an increase in active travel and an improvement in local air quality, by putting measures in place to help people get around safely and sustainably both now and in the long term.
Measures to support social distancing include making more space around bus stops, shops and other places where queueing may be necessary. Street closures around schools at the beginning and end of the day will create a safer and more spacious environment for walking, cycling and scooting, while spare road space will be used to create parklets for additional footway space and cycle parking.
Measures to support active travel include reallocating road space and prioritising pedestrians and cyclists at pedestrian crossings. Improvements for cycling include temporary cycle lanes in various locations around the city; safer cycle access for those travelling to Southampton General Hospital and in Portswood; and plans for cycle parking in the city centre. The completion of the active travel zone in St Denys will include targeted road closures, priority changes and cycle parking. Bus lanes with cycling permitted have also been installed in each direction from Bitterne to Northam Road.
We are now awaiting the outcome of a second bid for funding from Tranche 2 of the Government's Emergency Active Travel Fund, which will enable the delivery of further measures to support social distancing and active travel. You can read our Emergency Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 bid in full here.
Whilst these are temporary, we welcome your feedback on these measures.
If you wish to officially comment on or object to us about the changes please do so in writing to Traffic.Orders.Legal@southampton.gov.uk
Any general feedback on the individual schemes is also welcomed here.