Why is Millbrook footbridge being replaced?
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 station to the steel footbridge 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.
Network Rail will be reinstating the concrete footbridge from the south side of Millbrook Road West to Millbrook station and replacing the concrete non-compliant ramps with stairs. There will be the ability for lifts to be installed in the future if required.
Will the Council-owned section of the footbridge be replaced?
For now, the SCC footbridge will be retained. A future scheme to renew it, including step-free access, is currently being developed.
In the short term, the stepped ramp on the northern side of the footbridge near Foundry Lane will remain in place and access to the highway stairs will be maintained. Due to the removal of the ramp on the station footbridge, there will be no ramped access from the southern side of Millbrook Road West to the footbridge in the short term.
There is no timescale for the replacement of the Council footbridge.
When will Network Rail works take place?
Network Rail will be replacing the concrete footbridge between 27th September 2020 and 21st May 2021 and will require access to the site compound and cabins from 07.30hrs until 18.00hrs Monday to Friday and 08.00hrs to 17.00hrs on Saturday.
Network Rail may at times need to work at night and require access to the site compound from 22:00hrs to 05:00hrs on week-nights. Throughout this period, you will see an increased presence of Network Rail operatives in the area.
Residents living within a 500m radius of Millbrook Station will be given advanced notice of any night-work by Network Rail.
Will I be able to access the station during construction?
Whilst the station footbridge is removed and a temporary bridge is constructed to the east to provide access for passengers accessing 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 City Centre 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Will the SCN1 cycle-footway on Millbrook Road West be open?
Yes, however the temporary footbridge to Millbrook Station will mean that cycles will have to divert into the bus lane (which will be closed) and re-joining SCN1 after the bridge. Buses will still call at the bus stop.
Will I be able to access the footpath alongside the station?
Network Rail will not be providing a new link to the unadopted footpath, running alongside the railway and Dock boundary, from the new footbridge over the railway.
The Council is currently considering what to do with this footpath and collecting views on this via an online survey available here.
Formal consultation on the options will take place in Autumn 2020, including the option to permanently close the footpath from the footbridge linking to Cracknore Road. More details on the consultation will be available on the Connecting Southampton website shortly: https://transport.southampton.gov.uk/major-projects/.
Are alternative crossing facilities available?
The footbridge over Millbrook Road West will remain open between Foundry Lane and Millbrook Road West during the Network Rail works via the existing stepped-access points. However, there will be no ramped access to Millbrook Road West on the southern side.
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 also be installing a temporary footbridge between Millbrook Road West and the station platform.
How can I comment?
For more information on the Network Rail scheme, please visit www.networkrail.co.uk or telephone the 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 quoting “Information request - Footbridge renewal at Millbrook Station”.
Options on the unadopted footpath, running alongside the railway and port boundary, are currently being collected via an online survey. Comments on Millbrook footbridge can also be submitted on the Southampton Travel Map hosted on Commonplace: https://southamptontravelmap.commonplace.is.
Options on the footpath will also be subject to a formal consultation process in Autumn 2020. Details of the consultation will be available on the Connecting Southampton Major Projects page shortly: https://transport.southampton.gov.uk/major-projects/.
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