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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 will be resurfacing and installing traffic calming measures (Phase 5) from Monday 3 August. Please see the latest updates section for more information - we will be 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 map below for the extent of the closures, or you can see it here), however we will maintain access wherever possible for residents. Please refer to the latest updates section for information throughout this work.

Part 1 – Planing of the road surface and concrete repairs
We will plane the top layer of asphalt to reveal the foundations, which then need to be carefully inspected and repaired. This will be undertaken in two sections – from Townhill Way to Wakefield Road (section A) and from Wakefield Road to Copse Road (section B). We will plane section A then section B, and then carry out concrete repairs in section A and then B - from Monday 3 August for 1 and a half weeks.

Although the road will be closed to through traffic, access will be permitted for residents. There may be short delays before you can get past the works.


Part 2 – Resurfacing of the road
We will resurface the road in the same two sections, starting with section A on Wednesday 12 August and then section B on Friday 14 August.

On Wednesday it will not be possible to access or exit Roundhill Close, Hazelwood Close, Paulet Close and Hallett Close using a vehicle between 7:30am and 6pm.

On Friday it will not be possible to access or exit Benhams Road, the Ark side road or Ozier Road using a vehicle between 7:30am and 6pm. Kingsdown Way, Longmead Road and Rowlands Walk can still be accessed via Copse Road.


Part 3 - Installing the raised table traffic calming features
We will install 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.

Vehicles will not be able to use these junctions whilst we are undertaking this work, however access will be maintained via diversion routes. The exception is Benhams Road where there is no alternative vehicle access. We are investigating all possible options, however it is likely that those requiring vehicle access may be asked to move their vehicle out of Benhams Road before the work starts on certain days. We will write to those affected closer to the time to confirm the dates and the plan.


Part 4 – Applying coloured textured print to the raised table traffic calming features
Before we can apply the final coloured imprinted surface to the raised tables, the tables need to be left for at least a week to allow the surface to cure and dry out. We plan to begin with Wakefield and Benhams Road in August during the school holidays to minimise the disruption. Again, we will write to those affected closer to the time to confirm the dates.

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

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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).