June 2020 Updates
Improvements so far - 22 June
Here are some of the improvements we have already made along Meggeson Avenue:
- Drainage improvements
- The construction of two new zebra crossings by Wakefield Road and Ozier Road. These will not be in use until the resurfacing is complete, which is scheduled for August
- The bus stop opposite Hallet Close has been moved into the the lay by to create space between the two bus stops at this point along Meggeson Avenue
Phase 4 has started - 15 June
Phase 4 of the work has started, which involves footway improvements between Cutbush Lane and Hillgrove Road.
Ozier Road - 10 June
The new on-street parking area at Ozier Road has now been completed. We are hoping to line the bay markings soon, however it's good to see that it is being made use of already.
May 2020 Updates
Partial reopening of schools - 28 May
With the news of schools partially reopening from Monday 1 June, we have been working hard to complete the works around the Townhill Infant and Junior Schools to minimise the impact on them. All work at the Benhams Road junction is complete, as well as the full closures of Meggeson Avenue.
We are currently working at Cutbush Lane. The traffic island was removed yesterday which allows for more space to work safely and efficiently. Whilst we reform the kerbline at this junction to make it narrower, we will be working under temporary traffic signals to enable access to the schools via Cutbush Lane.
Phase 3 Update - 06 May
Works to continue with the footway improvements along Meggeson Avenue have been scheduled to start on Monday, 11 May. This will include repairs or changes to kerbs and footway resurfacing under temporary traffic lights, at the following locations:
- Paulet Close to Wakefield Road (Wakefield Road side) - from Monday 11 May for approximately 3 weeks
- Ozier Road and Rowlands Walk - from Monday 11 May for approximately 5 weeks. This includes the closure of Ozier Road for this period. As part of this, we will also begin building the new off-street parking on Ozier Road near the junction of Ozier Road and Meggeson Avenue.
- Wakefield Road to former Ark pub site (Wakefield Road side) - from Monday 1 June for approximately 1 week
April 2020 Updates
Work is continuing - 07 April
The current Government guidance has advised that construction should continue if it is done safely. We have put several precautions in place to protect our staff and others around them while they are carrying out their work. Staff are observing the advised 2m distance wherever possible and we have also implemented a new policy permitting only one person per vehicle, unless this distance can be maintained. Furthermore, all staff have access to gloves, hand sanitisers and disinfectant to ensure good hygiene is maintained at all times.
While social distancing is a challenge due to the nature of work we are undertaking, we are confident these measures will ensure that staff continue to closely follow the guidelines, while performing their work safely and efficiently. We ask that everyone respects our highway workers in these very difficult circumstances. As this is an evolving situation, we are continuing to monitor the guidance from Government. For the latest updates and information, please visit the council’s website at: southampton.gov.uk/coronavirus
March 2020 Updates
Phasing of Work Update - 27 March
Due to the current circumstances, Phase 2 has been postponed until further notice. We are instead working on Phase 3, 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
Please note these dates are indicative.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - 19 March
Due to the current circumstances involving COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are constantly monitoring the situation and making preparations for situations where we may have to stop work. At this current time, we are working as normal and will endeavour to meet the proposed schedule of works.
Hazelwood Road Closure - 04 March
Due to operational issues we have closed Hazelwood Road for the duration of phase 1 - please see previous post to see the phasing. Access will be maintained via Roundhill Close. We apologise for the inconvenience.
February 2020 Updates
Traffic Management & Resurfacing - 27 February
As we near the end of our third week of construction, we now look to the final resurfacing of this first stage before we move up Meggeson Avenue. Once again the bad weather due for the rest of the week looks as though it will slightly delay our original date of 28 February, and we have rescheduled this to Monday 2 March. This will also be the day that our traffic management is removed from Townhill Way which will help ease congestion along this road.
(Below) Townhill Way extended island.
After this, we will be working around and opposite the Hazelwood Road junction with Meggeson Avenue. Hazelwood Road will remain open under traffic light control and alternative access can be found via Roundhill Close.
Phase 1 Update - 20 February
The rain continues to pour down but we remain on schedule with the scheme. This morning we moved across Meggeson Avenue to the west side (Roundhill Close side). This is the start of phase 1b. We changed the traffic management arrangements around so that cars now pass on the other side of the road.
The East side works went well. We adjusted the traffic management to allow members of the public to walk alongside of the works (see photo). It is always difficult when drawing up plans for traffic management to balance the need for safe working and minimise disruption. We continually review arrangements and how things are going. We are happy to receive comments about the works but sometimes members of the public swear and threaten the guys on site. In order to protect our staff we use body cameras to record incidents and keep in close contact with the police.
Phase 1 Update - 19 February
A letter was sent to affected residents about phase 1 works. The map below shows the locations of the stages of the work. To see this letter, please click here.
Easter holidays closures - 17 February
Following further consultation, we have now managed to adapt the programme to carry out the Phase 2 closures of Meggeson Avenue during the Easter School holidays. This will minimise disruption for the area.
Work is underway - 14 February
Work started on Meggeson Avenue on Monday 10 February. Despite thoroughly planning beforehand and installing appropriate safety measures for the public, we quickly realised that what we had wasn't quite enough. After observing the influx of children coming out of the primary school adjacent to our working area, we made the decision to install more robust traffic management to stop children walking through coned off areas.
Within a day we replaced the cones with barriers and added a controlled pedestrian crossing to ensure they can safely cross at an appropriate point.