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The Avenue cycle scheme (SCN5)

The Avenue photo

Summary

  • Where: The Avenue (Part of SCN5)
  • When: From Sunday 6 October 2019 for up to 20 weeks
  • What: Improved cycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Why: Enable more people to cycle safely and confidently from Southampton city centre to Chandler's Ford
  • How: This £1.3m scheme is funded by central Government through Transforming Cities Tranche 1, with additional funding from Southampton City Council's Local Transport Plan

Latest News

Northlands Road is now open with a working tiger crossing. Work continues during the day at the Alma Road junction, inbound just before Stag Gate and outbound along the shared footways up to Northlands Road.

We are almost a week into the two weeks of overnight closures of The Avenue from 9pm till 6am. Work is being done simultaneously on the inbound and outbound cycle kerbs and the new traffic island south from Alma Road. The resurfacing will begin on Monday 16th December. During this closure, diversion routes are in place from either end of The Avenue via Hill Lane. We are applying colour to the junction crossings on the inbound side, but we cannot apply the green cycle lane colouring across the junction until late January. This is because we need to allow any road surfacing to cure and weather, so that the green colour will bond properly.

Works at Lodge Road junction are due to commence on Monday 6th January and will continue for up to nine weeks. We will be upgrading the traffic signals of the junction and creating a shared cycle footway and toucan crossing for Lodge Road as well as resurfacing sections of the footway. In addition, we will be laying green surface treatment and a section of the anti-skid surface on The Avenue. The majority of the works will take place on the Lodge Road arm, so this will be closed for the duration of the work. The diversion route around this can be found via this link: www.bit.ly/LodgeRd20

Project Details

As part of the council’s commitment to improving sustainable travel and developing Southampton’s Cycle Network; the cycle route from Inner Avenue is being extended along The Avenue from Lodge Road to Northlands Road with a combination of segregated on and off-road cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings.

Works are planned in multiple phases starting from 6 October for approximately 20 weeks, excluding a 2 week break over Christmas. The initial 10 phases before Christmas are planned to take up to 11 weeks. (See Map)

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Phasing of works progress

Phases of Work

Work will start with a single overnight closure of The Avenue on Sunday 6 October from 8pm until 6am while we remove a crossing island on Northlands Road and white lining along The Avenue south of the junction with Northlands Road.

Phase 1 (7 October for up to 6 weeks)

We will be improving drainage and resurfacing the existing shared footway to create a segregated off-road cycle lane and separate footway from Banister Road to Cavendish Grove, Avenue west-side.

There will be closures of dropped crossings for several days while works are carried out. There will be temporary narrowing of the footway, closure of the bus stop and a contraflow lane closure on The Avenue for the duration.We will be improving drainage and resurfacing the existing shared footway to create a segregated off-road cycle lane and separate footway from Banister Road to Cavendish Grove, Avenue west-side.

Phase 2 (7 October for up to 4 weeks)

Cavendish Grove junction with The Avenue. We will be creating a continuous crossing to give pedestrians and cyclists priority on the Cavendish Road junction with The Avenue.

There will be a lane closure with contraflow on The Avenue. Access for Cavendish Grove will be maintained with temporary two-way lights but there will be no right turn out during these works.

Phase 3 (7 October for up to 7 weeks)

There will be construction of a new parallel or Tiger Crossing, which is similar to a Zebra Crossing but includes cyclists, there will also be changes to the footway and kerbs on the Northlands Road junction with The Avenue.

Due to the extent of the works, Northlands Road will be closed at this location. Access to Cemetery Road will be maintained with temporary two-way lights via Northlands Road.

Phase 4 (28 October for up to 4 weeks)

We will be creating a raised continuous crossing to give pedestrians and cyclists priority on the Alma Road junction with The Avenue.

The Avenue Road junction will be closed for the duration of works but pedestrian access will be maintained.

Phase 5 (11 November for up to 4 weeks)

We will be creating a segregated off-road cycle lane and separate footway and replacing the grass verge with a resurfaced cycleway on The Avenue east-side footway from Lodge Road to Avenue Road.

There will be closures of dropped crossings for several days while works are carried out.

Phase 6 (18 November for up to 5 weeks)

We will be creating a raised continuous crossing to give pedestrians and cyclists priority on the Avenue Road junction with The Avenue.

The Avenue Road junction will be closed for the duration of works but pedestrian access will be maintained.

Phase 7 (18 November for up to 3 weeks)

There will be footway reconstruction with a segregated cycle lane along the footway on The Avenue from opposite Alma Road to Northlands Road.

This will require the narrowing of the footway and lane restrictions on The Avenue.

Phase 8 (9 December for up to 2 weeks, overnight)

We will be constructing a segregate on-road one-way cycle lane on The Avenue from Avenue Road to Alma Road.

There will be a contraflow along The Avenue overnight to maintain vehicle access. These overnight works will occur from 8pm until 6am weeknights.

Phase 9 (9 December for up to 2 week, overnight)

We will be constructing a segregated on-road one-way cycle lane on The Avenue from Cavendish Grove to opposite Alma Road. 

The works will require the closure of The Avenue during the overnight works with signed diversion routes in place. These overnight works will occur from 9pm until 6am weeknights.

Phase 10 &  11 (9 December for up to 1 week, overnight)

South from Avenue Road on The Avenue. We will be constructing a new crossing island for pedestrians and cyclists and laying a solid green surface material and white lining to designate the cycleway South from Avenue Road on the Avenue.

The works will require the closure of The Avenue during the overnight works with signed diversion routes in place. These overnight works will occur from 9pm until 6am weeknights.

Works from New Year

There will be no works or traffic management from 23 December until 5 January. After Christmas we will be working at The Avenue and Lodge Road junction upgrading the traffic signals, creating a shared cycle footway and toucan crossing for Lodge Road as well as resurfacing sections of footway. In addition, we be laying a section of anti-skid surface on the Avenue (see map). Work will start on these next phases from Monday 6 January 2020 for approximately 9 weeks. We will write to those directly affected closer to the time.

Travel Advice

Northlands Road junction with The Avenue will be closed until the end of November with traffic diverted via Banister Road. The closures of The Avenue will be overnight mainly between 9pm and 6am. While there will be lane restrictions and contraflows in place during the day that will make it busier at peak times The Avenue will remain open.

Pedestrians and Cyclists

For safety reasons pedestrians are not permitted inside the work areas. There may be short pedestrian diversions in place to get around our works, but pedestrian access will be maintained throughout

Cyclists will be diverted via the main road while the shared spaces are being reconstructed.

Bus users

During phase 1 the outbound bus stop in this section will be closed, please speak to your bus service provider for the nearest alternative bus stop.


These works are part of a programme that is weather dependent in part so dates can change, and some work may slip into the new year. If there is a change of date, advanced warning signs will advise of the changes closer to the time. Please bear with us while we carry out these works, we will be working as quickly as we can to minimise the disruption.