- Where: Inner Avenue
- When: From 11 February for 20 weeks
- What: Creation of segregated cycle lanes
The latest details of the works and local traffic management is available from our Latest Works page.
Inner Avenue is evolving
We’re making great progress on our work to build the Southampton Cycle Network (SCN). The project to upgrade Inner Avenue between London Road and Lodge Road is well underway. This is the first step in creating the SCN5 Cycle Freeway from the City Centre to Chandlers Ford. Once complete in Autumn this year, this busy approach to the city will be a more pleasant, safe and efficient experience for everyone. In the meantime, here is the low-down on what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how it will all work.
Copenhagen style cycle paths
We’re building a new ‘Copenhagen’ style cycle freeway on Inner Avenue. This just means that there will be a one-way (with the direction of traffic) segregated cycle lane path on each side of the road. This style of cycle lane is common to parts of Scandinavia where they have much higher rates of cycling for work and leisure. New kerbs will separate people cycling from traffic, including buses, and away from people walking on the footways. People cycling will be able to get on and off the new lanes at various points like side roads or the existing signal pedestrian crossings.
Continuous side road crossings
People walking and cycling on Inner Avenue will have priority over traffic coming in and out of the side roads. The junctions will be adjusted so that the road is at the same level as the foot/cycleway and laid out so traffic has to slow down when turning in and out, giving way to people using the crossings. The crossings will have line marking and different coloured surfacing to highlight where the footpath and cycle way has priority.
Bus stop islands explained
The bus stops on Inner Avenue will remain in the same place but they will be bypassed by the new segregated cycle lane. These new layouts will make it safer for both people cycling and people getting on and off the buses. Buses will not have to overtake those cycling between bus stops and people cycling do not have to negotiate out around stopped buses. It will also mean people getting on and off the bus are separated from the cycle lane. This is called a bus stop island and is an essential part of the design for Inner Avenue. This layout has worked well in places such as Brighton and Manchester.
Existing features retained
All of the trees and green space, the existing bus lanes, and the shared foot/cycleway on the western side of Inner Avenue will be kept with this new scheme. With the new segregated cycle lanes we envisage that the existing foot/cycleway will be used by people who may not want to cycle in the lane and for people joining the Inner Avenue from Archers Road heading south. This will remove a lot of the conflict between people walking and cycling on this narrow section, making it safer and more pleasant.
Cycling from the Common & University to City Centre (Inner Avenue Southbound)
- People cycling from the Common and University of Southampton who want to get to the City Centre should cross The Avenue using the existing Toucan crossing at St Andrew’s Church and cycle on the existing shared foot/cycleway on The Avenue to Lodge Road where they can join the southbound segregated cycle lane
- People cycling along The Avenue heading towards the City Centre will naturally join the southbound cycle lane as they approach Inner Avenue after Lodge Road
- Coming from the side roads such as Middle Street heading towards the City Centre people can easily join the southbound lane. From side roads on the western side, people can choose to use the existing shared foot/cycleway and go to London Road, or cross at the existing toucan crossings to the southbound lane and continue towards the residential areas or Dorset Street
- At the southern end of Inner Avenue people will have a choice of whether to cross using the proposed new Toucan crossing on Dorset Street and go to the City Centre along London Road, or continue on a new shared foot/cycleway to Onslow Road and cross Dorset Street there to get to the Parks
Cyclists from the City Centre to the Common & University (Inner Avenue Northbound)
- People cycling from the City Centre along London Road towards the Common and the University of Southampton will naturally join the northbound cycle lane at the Law Courts
- People cycling from Onslow Road and St Mary’s can use the new shared foot/cycleway to the existing toucan crossing at Southcliff Road and cross the green space to the northbound cycle lane
- People cycling from side roads on the western side can easily join the northbound cycle lane
- For people cycling from side roads on the eastern side, there will be short sections of two-way cycle lane to guide people to the existing toucan crossings to cross via the green space to get onto the northbound cycle lane
To help guide people to where they want to go we are going to install new signs or use maps that direct people to the right part of the cycle lanes. These will be all marked with a black 5 to indicate that this is part of SCN5.
Investing in the Southampton Cycle Network
Cycling is a quick and green way of getting around - whether this is for work, going to school, leisure or exercise.
Cycling Southampton 2017-2027 sets out our approach to investing in and realising our vision for cycling over ten years. We want cycling to be treated as a normal form of transport and create a liveable and thriving city. This will in turn has great potential to increase local prosperity, both in economic terms and in the wide ranging benefits cycling has on people’s health.
Find out more at our dedicated Southampton Cycle Network page.