- 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.
Head over to our Townhill Park scheme blog for the most recent updates about the work, photos and much more.
Phases of work
Phase 1: Townhill Way to Paulet Close
10 February until April 2020
Phases 1, 3 and 4 will predominantly focus on ground preparation works. These 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
Easter School holidays for 1 week
We are installing ducting pipes with manholes at either end across the width of:
- Meggeson Avenue near Paulet Close
- Meggeson Avenue near Wakefield Road
- Wakefield Road itself near to junction of Meggeson Avenue
- Ozier Road near to junction of Meggeson Avenue
This is to provide access for utility services to install cables and pipework in the future.
To do this we need to excavate a trench across the width of these roads, and this will require a closure for one or two days at each location during this week.
Phase 3: Paulet Close to Ozier Road
April until June 2020
See description in phase 1.
Phase 4: Ozier Road to Hillgrove Road
See description in phase 1.
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.
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:
- Waiting or parking restrictions (largely unchanged)
- Road humps (speed cushions and raised tables)
- Speed limits (the proposed 20mph zone)
- Pedestrian crossings (the two proposed zebra crossings)
- Cycling facilities (a proposed shared cycleway up hill to Townhill Way)
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.
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.
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