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Townhill Park

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

At this time construction work is exempt from the latest Government guidance concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are currently working to ensure essential maintenance works are prioritised. This is an evolving situation; for the latest information please follow the Council's coronavirus updates.

Work on this scheme is continuing, however the closures in Phase 2 have been postponed until further notice. This is because of the changing situation with supply of materials due to the impact of the coronavirus on our supplier chain. Instead we are working on Phase 3 - you can see a breakdown of the project phasing in our latest updates section.

Additionally, due to the coronavirus we are currently unable to send out letters en masse but we will be keeping this page up to date. You can also sign up for our email alerts.

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

Current and planned phases of work

Phase 2: Installation of ducting pipes across Meggeson Avenue

Postponed until further notice

We are installing ducting pipes with manholes at either end across the width of:

  • Ozier Road
  • Meggeson Avenue near Ozier Road and Paulet Close
  • Wakefield Road junction with Meggeson Avenue
  • Ozier Road and Benhams Road with 3-way lights

This is to provide access for utility services to install cables and pipework in the future.

To do this we need to dig a trench across the width of these roads, and this will require a closure for one or two days at each location.

Phase 3: Paulet Close to Ozier Road

March until June 2020

These works will include repairs or changes to kerbs and footway resurfacing.

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. The work is scheduled as follows:

  • 3a: Paulet Close to Hallet Close, east side – from 25 March
  • 3b: Hallet Close to Benhams Road, east side - from 2 April
  • 3c: Paulet Close to Wakefield Road, west side – from 22 April
  • 3d: Wakefield Road junction – from 7 May
  • 3e: Benhams Road to Ozier Road, east side – from 11 May
  • 3f: Wakefield Road to Ozier Road, west side – from 14 May
  • 3g: Ozier Road and Rowlands Walk – from 21 May

Phase 4: Ozier Road to Hillgrove Road

June until August 2020

These works will include repairs or changes to kerbs and footway resurfacing.

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 5: Resurfacing of carriageways

Late Summer 2020 for up to 5 weeks

Once all the ground preparation works are complete, we will resurface Meggeson Avenue up to the section that was resurfaced in 2017.

To undertake these works, we will need to close Meggeson Avenue in sections during the day.

Phase 6: Installation of speed cushions and textured print

Late Summer 2020

Once the new road surface has been laid, there will be a period when that surface needs to cure and dry out before we can apply the coloured textured print to the raised areas. We will also be installing the speed cushions along much of Meggeson Avenue.

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.

 

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).