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Transforming Cities Fund - Portswood and Swaythling

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Summary

  • Where: High Road/Stoneham Way junction, Swaythling to Lodge Road/Portswood Road junction, Portswood
  • When: October 2020 onwards
  • What: To be determined
  • Why: To improve the area for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users, encouraging more sustainable modes of transport
  • How: Funded as part of a Transforming Cities Fund awarded in March 2020

Scheme background

The Eastleigh to Southampton Corridor will connect Fair Oak and Bishopstoke to Eastleigh by bus and bike, and onwards from Eastleigh to Southampton Airport and Southampton City Centre by bus and bike with improved connections to the University of Southampton.

The corridor carries approximately 7,500 vehicles a day, on Portswood Road and 20,000 on Thomas Lewis Way with 26 two-way buses an hour, and connections with the rail network at Eastleigh, Southampton Airport, Swaythling and St Denys stations.

The corridor serves Portswood District Centre and employment areas in the City Centre around Solent University, Royal South Hants Hospital, Mountpark Southampton, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh Town Centre, and Barton Park Industrial Estate in Eastleigh. The corridor serves Swaythling and Townhill Park, which have 3,181 people living in the top 20% most deprived areas of England.

We already have a number of exciting ideas for the corridor as a whole, and in particular Portswood High Street, that we would like to discuss with the community, as outlined in our Transforming Cities Fund Bid.

Scheme progress

We already have a number of exciting ideas for the corridor as a whole, and in particular Portswood District Centre, that we would like to discuss with the community, as outlined in our Transforming Cities Fund Bid.

Through October and early November, we conducted an initial perceptions survey to understand how people travel through the local area and what transport infrastructure improvements people would like to see.

In early December, we presented our findings and started to discuss some of the solutions we could bring forward. Recordings of these presentations are available on the council’s YouTube channel and by following these links: Portswood presentation and Swaythling presentation.

At 12pm (midday) on Thursday 28th January, we will be giving a presentation on the emerging Portswood and Swaythling schemes via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to sign up to attend, simply go to the following web address on the day of the event: bit.ly/tcf28jan

Following the presentation, we will be hosting a series of Q&A sessions where our project team will provide a brief overview of the presentation. You will be able to ask questions and have an opportunity to provide feedback. These sessions are limited to 25 attendees. There are plans to add more dates and times subject to demand. If you wish to attend one of these sessions, you can book a space by visiting the following website: bit.ly/tcf2feb

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