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Millbrook Footbridge improvements



  • Where: Railway footbridge at Millbrook Station (Network Rail)
  • When: Autumn 2020 - Summer 2021
  • What: Replacing ageing footbridge to Millbrook Station with new
  • Why: Address safety issues and replace footbridge before the end of its serviceable life
  • How: The council are seeking additional government funding and contribution from Network Rail

Scheme progress

The southern footpath between the railway and the port will be temporarily closed from Monday 30th November.

Network Rail will be demolishing the footbridge ramp on the port side (south) of the station. This is part of their enabling works for the full bridge demolition at Christmas.

The footpath on the port side (south) of the station will be temporarily closed in preparation for the demolition of the ramp, also on the south side of the station, that connects to the footbridge. Pedestrians will be able to use the footbridge at Cracknore Road to cross the railway. The diversion route from Cracknore Road will be via Waterloo Road to Paynes Road and left towards Millbrook Road West and Millbrook station.

The noisy works will take place between 23:00 Saturday 5th December until 05:00 Monday 7th December.

During these works, Millbrook station will be closed. For passengers wishing to travel to and from Millbrook station the bus replacement services will run on the Eastbound side of the A33 heading towards Southampton Central station where you can continue your onward journeys. Please check before you travel at

Southampton City Council is currently reviewing feedback following an online and movement surveys that were undertaken in September. The findings from these surveys will be used to inform future options for the Council-owned section of the footbridge over Millbrook Road West and the footpath on the southside of the station running alongside the port boundary.

Download map of alternative routes

Project details

What is Happening?

Network Rail are carrying out work on the footbridge to Millbrook station as it is reaching the end of its serviceable life.

The current footbridge is made up of the concrete footbridge and sub-standard ramps that Network Rail own. These link the island platform at Millbrook to the steel highways bridge across A33 Millbrook Road West to Foundry Lane via a stepped ramp that Southampton City Council (SCC) own. The concrete footbridge also extends south from the station towards the Docks to link to a footpath that goes alongside the railway towards Southampton Central.

The Network Rail project will be replacing the concrete non-compliant ramps with stairs and providing passive provision for lifts that could be installed in the future. The footbridge to the footpath will not be replaced.

For now the SCC footbridge will be retained with a future scheme to renew it currently being developed. In the short term the stepped ramp on the northern side of the highways owned steel bridge (Foundry Lane) will remain in place and access to the highway stairs will be maintained. This means that there will be no ramped access from the southern side of Millbrook Road West to the bridge. Alternative step-free crossing points are also available at Regents Park Road to the west and Paynes Road/Waterloo Road to the east. These will be signed.

Network Rail will be reinstating the concrete footbridge from the south side of the highway to the railway station. As the concrete footbridge will no longer access the path on the south side of the station closest to the Dock SCC is considering what to do with this footpath. Options being considered include permanently closing the footpath. There will be a formal consultation on this in Autumn 2020 and we are currently collecting stakeholders and people’s views on this. Further information will be published in due course.

Access during construction

Whilst the station footbridge is removed and a new bridge is constructed in the same place, passengers will be able to access Millbrook station via a temporary footbridge. The station will be operating as normal.

There will be some work that requires Network Rail to close the slip road onto the A33 from the Southampton Central direction (Paynes Road) so that they can carry out demolition and lifting operations. There will also be a short diversion of the SCN1 cycle lane and bus lane closure so that Network Rail can position their site offices in this location.

There will also be times when the station is closed. During these times passengers wishing to travel to and from Millbrook station will be able to use the bus replacement services running on the Eastbound side of the A33 heading towards Southampton Central station where you can continue your onward journeys. Please check before you travel at


If you have any questions about this project, please visit or telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 quoting “Information request - Footbridge renewal at Millbrook station”.

Council survey of footbridge users

The Council is considering options for Millbrook footbridge in parallel to the replacement of the concrete section of the footbridge by Network Rail. The survey has now closed and the findings will help inform the development of options if the bridge is replaced, and access to the footpath on the southside of the train station between the railway and Port. 

Map shows location of the footbridge and footpath in relation to Millbrook Road West and Millbrook Train Station:

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