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Townhill Park - Meggeson Avenue Improvements

Meggeson Avenue Road Improvement Plan (1)

Summary

  • Where: Townhill Park - Meggeson Avenue
  • When: Monday 10 February 2020
  • What: Road and footway resurfacing, traffic calming and access improvements
  • Why: To create a safer, more pleasant environment with improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users.
  • How: As part of the wide redevelopment of Townhill Park, funding from Homes England combined with developer funding is being used to create a new park and play area and to undertake major highway improvements along Meggeson Avenue. 

Latest news

We are nearing the end of the scheme now, completing the installation of traffic calming measures along Meggeson Avenue. Please see the latest updates section for more information - we are providing weekly plans and regular updates throughout the work.

If you cannot find the answers to your questions about this scheme you can email us.

Current phases of work

Phase 5: Resurfacing of carriageways and installation of traffic calming measures - Monday 3 August for up to 7 weeks

There are multiple parts to the work, outlined below. Meggeson Avenue will need to be closed during the day time (see the extent of the closures here), however we will maintain access wherever possible for residents. Please refer to the latest updates section for information throughout this work.

At the same time, we are completing the construction of parking spaces on Meggeson Avenue near Copse Road, where there is currently informal parking. We are widening the footpath to create the space needed to have proper parking spaces.

Part 1 – Planing of the road surface and concrete repairs (complete)
We planed the top layer of asphalt to reveal the foundations, which were then carefully inspected and repaired – from Townhill Way to Copse Road.


Part 2 – Resurfacing of the road (complete)
We resurfaced the road from Townhill Way to Copse Road, providing a much smoother finish to the road.


Part 3 - Installing the raised table traffic calming features (complete)
We installed raised tables at the junctions of Meggeson Avenue with Hazelwood Road, Wakefield Road, Benhams Road, Ozier Road, Cutbush Lane and Copse Road, as well as speed cushions along Meggeson Avenue.


Part 4 – Applying coloured textured print to the raised table traffic calming features
We will apply the final coloured imprinted surface to the raised tables. This has to be done at least a week after constructing the table to allow the surface to cure and dry out.

Completed phases

Phase 1: Townhill Way to Paulet Close

10 February until April 2020

These works will include repairs or changes to kerbs, footway resurfacing and in one section a widening of the footway to turn it into a shared cycleway for cyclists going uphill to Townhill Way. We will also be installing extra high kerbs at bus stops to improve accessibility.

To manage these works with minimal disruption, we will work in sections along one side of Meggeson Avenue before switching sides. This means traffic will be able to pass under two or three-way temporary traffic signals. During the start of phase 1, the roundabout junction with Townhill Way will temporarily be replaced with three-way traffic signals for around 4 weeks.

Phase 2: Installation of ducting pipes across Meggeson Avenue

Monday 27 April until end of May

We are installing tubes to feed cables underground, at the locations below:

  • Meggeson Avenue near Ozier Road and Paulet Close
  • Ozier Road
  • Wakefield Road junction with Meggeson Avenue

This is to provide access for utility services and reduce the risk of them needing to dig up the road surface to install new services in the future.

To do this we need to dig a trench across the width of these roads, which will require a closure.

Phase 3: Paulet Close to Ozier Road

March until June 2020

These works will include repairs or changes to kerbs and footway resurfacing. Due to the desire to maintain social distancing standards, we have had to be very flexible with which parts of this phase to carry out during these circumstances. Please refer to the latest updates section.

To manage this with minimal disruption, we will work in sections along one side of Meggeson Avenue before switching sides. This means traffic will be able to pass under two or three-way temporary traffic signals.

Phase 4: Ozier Road to Hillgrove Road

June until August 2020

These works will include repairs or changes to kerbs and footway resurfacing. Please refer to the latest updates section to see the specific sections on a map.

We will also be building parking spaces on Meggeson Avenue near Copse Road, where there is currently informal parking.

To manage this with minimal disruption, we will work in sections along one side of Meggeson Avenue before switching sides. This means traffic will be able to pass under two or three-way temporary traffic signals.

Project details

As part the redevelopment of Townhill Park funding from Homes England was provided to invest in the highway and green space. 

The above plans for the highway improvements started taking shape two years ago and are the culmination of two local consultation events and work with the SO18 Big Local to take on board the views of residents. We unveiled the plans at the end of November 2019 and invited the local community to see and ask questions of the design team. To finalise the design, we consulted on proposed aspects of the plan which are covered by five separate notices:

The consultation is now closed and we will be liaising with anybody who contacted us.

Below are some artist impressions of how the scheme may look. Open a full screen version of scheme plan.

Artist impressions

Highway improvements

In response to the feedback from residents, the improvements will include resurfacing the road and footways with the addition of proposed traffic calming measures and a new 20mph zone. There are proposed continuous crossings at junctions (to giving pedestrians right of way over vehicles) and proposed raised tables to slow drivers as they come into the areas where there are the most pedestrians. In addition, we will be narrowing some junctions to aid crossing and to slow turning vehicles. There are also planned changes to parking areas, formalising some parking but also ensuring the footpaths are accessible. There will be some widening of sections of footway to improve access. There is a section of proposed shared cycle paths to help cyclists going uphill along Meggeson Avenue. There will also be some improvements to bus stop areas and the proposed addition of two new zebra crossings to support access to the schools and pre-school/community centre. The addition of coloured surfacing will give drivers a visual warning that they are entering an area where there is high footfall.

Keep up to date

We will be writing to those residents directly affected by the planned works but to guarantee you are kept up to date, please sign up for our email alerts

If at any point you don't want to receive updates you can unsubscribe by clicking on the unsubscribe link on any emails we send you.

If you have any further questions about the highways improvements you can email us (please note this is different to the email address for registering your comments).