Major roadworks on Millbrook Road before Costco opens

Weeks of motoring misery on one of city's busiest roads

Weeks of motoring misery on one of city's busiest roads

First published in News

DRIVERS using Southampton’s busiest road are being warned to prepare for weeks of motoring misery as roadworks get under way ahead of the anticipated opening of a new multi-million-pound superstore.

With just months before cash and carry giant Costco opens, essential improvements to the road system around the former BAT site in Millbrook start today.

The work at the junction of Millbrook Road West and Regents Park Road aims to ensure better access to the site and ease the burden on the existing inbound and outbound carriageways.

The cost of the work will be met by the store.

The first phase is expected to last four weeks and will see the third lane of the outbound carriageway of Millbrook Road West closed.

The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one-way, which will result in motorists being unable to access the road from Millbrook Road West.

However, drivers will be given a diversion route via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.

As previously reported, the Costco superstore, renowned for being a low-cost wholesaler, will create about 132 full-time and 117 part-time jobs for the city.

Spanning 13,000sq m and offering 4,000 different items, the store will help confirm the city’s claim to be the south’s retail hub.

Southampton City Council’s planning panel voted in favour of the scheme last year and it is expected to open by the summer.

Phase 2 of the roadworks is scheduled to begin on February 4, for a period of two weeks and will involve alterations to the junction of Regents Park Road.

This will be followed by a third phase, starting on February 18, which will take place at the entrance of the former BAT site.

Traffic will be controlled by a temporary give-and-take system using stop and go boards.

The fourth and final phase of the work will take place at the rear of the site in Waterhouse Lane from February 25 for one week.

Councillor Asa Thorpe, Cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We welcome Costco coming to Southampton, bringing much needed jobs to the city.

“Costco is paying for all of the work on the highways improvements at the junction of Millbrook Road West and Regents Park Road in preparation for the opening of the new superstore.

“It has also contributed towards the cost of improving the traffic lights.

“We look forward to working with Costco to help improve the local community and to bring more prosperity to the area.”

Councillor Asa Thorpe, the city council’s Cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We welcome Costco coming to Southampton, who is bringing much needed jobs to the city.

“Costco is paying for all of the work on the highways improvements at the junction of Millbrook Road West and Regents Park Road – in preparation for the opening of their new superstore. They have also contributed towards the cost of improving the traffic lights.

“We look forward to working with Costco to help improve to bring more prosperity to the area.”

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8:13am Mon 14 Jan 13

Zeo says...

I personally think that junction should become a fly over with a roundabout at the bottom.
I personally think that junction should become a fly over with a roundabout at the bottom. Zeo
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9:11am Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

BAT ran three shifts had God knows how many office & research staff so exactly why is it now these roads need improving?
BAT ran three shifts had God knows how many office & research staff so exactly why is it now these roads need improving? loosehead
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9:18am Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

Bottom of Regents park to become one way?
what about the people who live just off the service road does that mean they have to use King Georges Avenue?
will this add more traffic onto King Georges Avenue Waterhouse Lane?
I don't get this at all there were container Lorries going in & out of there all day you had people coming out at 6am & people going in before 6am then again at 08-30 -09-00 then at 13-50 -14-00 then at 16-30-17-00 then at 21-30-22-00 so this road was very busy with out normal traffic so exactly why does this need to happen?
Bottom of Regents park to become one way? what about the people who live just off the service road does that mean they have to use King Georges Avenue? will this add more traffic onto King Georges Avenue Waterhouse Lane? I don't get this at all there were container Lorries going in & out of there all day you had people coming out at 6am & people going in before 6am then again at 08-30 -09-00 then at 13-50 -14-00 then at 16-30-17-00 then at 21-30-22-00 so this road was very busy with out normal traffic so exactly why does this need to happen? loosehead
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10:25am Mon 14 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

loosehead wrote:
Bottom of Regents park to become one way?
what about the people who live just off the service road does that mean they have to use King Georges Avenue?
will this add more traffic onto King Georges Avenue Waterhouse Lane?
I don't get this at all there were container Lorries going in & out of there all day you had people coming out at 6am & people going in before 6am then again at 08-30 -09-00 then at 13-50 -14-00 then at 16-30-17-00 then at 21-30-22-00 so this road was very busy with out normal traffic so exactly why does this need to happen?
You should have queried this when it was proposed and passed in 2011 !!.
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Why dont you contact your Tory mates and let them explain it to you
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Bottom of Regents park to become one way? what about the people who live just off the service road does that mean they have to use King Georges Avenue? will this add more traffic onto King Georges Avenue Waterhouse Lane? I don't get this at all there were container Lorries going in & out of there all day you had people coming out at 6am & people going in before 6am then again at 08-30 -09-00 then at 13-50 -14-00 then at 16-30-17-00 then at 21-30-22-00 so this road was very busy with out normal traffic so exactly why does this need to happen?[/p][/quote]You should have queried this when it was proposed and passed in 2011 !!. . Why dont you contact your Tory mates and let them explain it to you Lone Ranger.
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12:28pm Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Bottom of Regents park to become one way?
what about the people who live just off the service road does that mean they have to use King Georges Avenue?
will this add more traffic onto King Georges Avenue Waterhouse Lane?
I don't get this at all there were container Lorries going in & out of there all day you had people coming out at 6am & people going in before 6am then again at 08-30 -09-00 then at 13-50 -14-00 then at 16-30-17-00 then at 21-30-22-00 so this road was very busy with out normal traffic so exactly why does this need to happen?
You should have queried this when it was proposed and passed in 2011 !!.
.
Why dont you contact your Tory mates and let them explain it to you
Honestly I didn't know this was planned but it's an absolutely stupid idea.
coming into the city from the west do I turn up Tebourba way head away from Costco get to the top of Regents Park Rd through a very narrow Oakley rd & then turn back down to Costco's or do I pass Tebourba way head up King Georges Avenue take a right come out behind the Regents Park Hotel right opposite the entrance to Costco it's a no brainer unless your going to block off King Georges Avenue as well?
Or carry on to Waterhouse Lane go up turn left turn left again on much wider roads ?
this is a bad scheme the Tories shouldn't have allowed it & Asa Thorpe shouldn't have allowed it to go ahead as far as I can see by reading this article Labour are all for it?
Sorry but I think it's a bad idea no matter who allowed it
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Bottom of Regents park to become one way? what about the people who live just off the service road does that mean they have to use King Georges Avenue? will this add more traffic onto King Georges Avenue Waterhouse Lane? I don't get this at all there were container Lorries going in & out of there all day you had people coming out at 6am & people going in before 6am then again at 08-30 -09-00 then at 13-50 -14-00 then at 16-30-17-00 then at 21-30-22-00 so this road was very busy with out normal traffic so exactly why does this need to happen?[/p][/quote]You should have queried this when it was proposed and passed in 2011 !!. . Why dont you contact your Tory mates and let them explain it to you[/p][/quote]Honestly I didn't know this was planned but it's an absolutely stupid idea. coming into the city from the west do I turn up Tebourba way head away from Costco get to the top of Regents Park Rd through a very narrow Oakley rd & then turn back down to Costco's or do I pass Tebourba way head up King Georges Avenue take a right come out behind the Regents Park Hotel right opposite the entrance to Costco it's a no brainer unless your going to block off King Georges Avenue as well? Or carry on to Waterhouse Lane go up turn left turn left again on much wider roads ? this is a bad scheme the Tories shouldn't have allowed it & Asa Thorpe shouldn't have allowed it to go ahead as far as I can see by reading this article Labour are all for it? Sorry but I think it's a bad idea no matter who allowed it loosehead
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12:57pm Mon 14 Jan 13

boilerman says...

It amazes me the restrictions they put on BAT when the factory was there.
I am sure if they had let BAT buy the TA site and alter the road system to accommodate this, the factory and 700 jobs might still be in Southampton.
But this is how councils are.
It amazes me the restrictions they put on BAT when the factory was there. I am sure if they had let BAT buy the TA site and alter the road system to accommodate this, the factory and 700 jobs might still be in Southampton. But this is how councils are. boilerman
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1:24pm Mon 14 Jan 13

G0Rf says...

Why dont these articles ever get proof read before being published?

parts of it have been duplicated
Why dont these articles ever get proof read before being published? parts of it have been duplicated G0Rf
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2:01pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Shirleymum says...

I'm pretty sure the restriction on access to Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road is only during the temporary roadworks, as per this from the SCC website:


The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one way for the duration of phases one and two of the work, meaning it will not be possible to access Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road West. It will be necessary therefore to follow a clearly signed diversion route to gain access to Regents Park Road. The diversion route will be via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook Roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.
I'm pretty sure the restriction on access to Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road is only during the temporary roadworks, as per this from the SCC website: The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one way for the duration of phases one and two of the work, meaning it will not be possible to access Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road West. It will be necessary therefore to follow a clearly signed diversion route to gain access to Regents Park Road. The diversion route will be via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook Roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road. Shirleymum
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4:35pm Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

Shirleymum wrote:
I'm pretty sure the restriction on access to Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road is only during the temporary roadworks, as per this from the SCC website:


The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one way for the duration of phases one and two of the work, meaning it will not be possible to access Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road West. It will be necessary therefore to follow a clearly signed diversion route to gain access to Regents Park Road. The diversion route will be via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook Roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.
Would you go around that route when there's a quicker alternative?
[quote][p][bold]Shirleymum[/bold] wrote: I'm pretty sure the restriction on access to Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road is only during the temporary roadworks, as per this from the SCC website: The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one way for the duration of phases one and two of the work, meaning it will not be possible to access Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road West. It will be necessary therefore to follow a clearly signed diversion route to gain access to Regents Park Road. The diversion route will be via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook Roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.[/p][/quote]Would you go around that route when there's a quicker alternative? loosehead
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4:35pm Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

Shirleymum wrote:
I'm pretty sure the restriction on access to Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road is only during the temporary roadworks, as per this from the SCC website:


The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one way for the duration of phases one and two of the work, meaning it will not be possible to access Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road West. It will be necessary therefore to follow a clearly signed diversion route to gain access to Regents Park Road. The diversion route will be via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook Roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.
Would you go around that route when there's a quicker alternative?
[quote][p][bold]Shirleymum[/bold] wrote: I'm pretty sure the restriction on access to Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road is only during the temporary roadworks, as per this from the SCC website: The entrance to Regents Park Road will become one way for the duration of phases one and two of the work, meaning it will not be possible to access Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road West. It will be necessary therefore to follow a clearly signed diversion route to gain access to Regents Park Road. The diversion route will be via Millbrook Road West, Millbrook Roundabout, Tebourba Way and Oakley Road.[/p][/quote]Would you go around that route when there's a quicker alternative? loosehead
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4:40pm Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

boilerman wrote:
It amazes me the restrictions they put on BAT when the factory was there.
I am sure if they had let BAT buy the TA site and alter the road system to accommodate this, the factory and 700 jobs might still be in Southampton.
But this is how councils are.
If I remember they were allowed to buy the site it was trouble relocating the TA as the site earmarked was West Quay & whilst negotiations were on going the EU bought in the TAR restrictions which was the end of BAT here in this country so much for the EU saving jobs the only thing they did was take work from here & put it into Poland.
OH! there also was a problem about allowing BAT traffic turn right at the TA entrance
[quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: It amazes me the restrictions they put on BAT when the factory was there. I am sure if they had let BAT buy the TA site and alter the road system to accommodate this, the factory and 700 jobs might still be in Southampton. But this is how councils are.[/p][/quote]If I remember they were allowed to buy the site it was trouble relocating the TA as the site earmarked was West Quay & whilst negotiations were on going the EU bought in the TAR restrictions which was the end of BAT here in this country so much for the EU saving jobs the only thing they did was take work from here & put it into Poland. OH! there also was a problem about allowing BAT traffic turn right at the TA entrance loosehead
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7:24pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Shirleymum says...

My point was that some people took it that the ban on entering Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road was going to be permanent, which the Echo seems to be implying, but the council have said it is only during Phases 1 & 2 of the roadworks.
My point was that some people took it that the ban on entering Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road was going to be permanent, which the Echo seems to be implying, but the council have said it is only during Phases 1 & 2 of the roadworks. Shirleymum
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9:00pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Huffter says...

"Weeks of motoring misery on one of city's busiest roads"
An alternative caption could read "Supermarket creates jobs and pays for road improvements"
But that might be too cheerful and positive for the Daily Echo!
"Weeks of motoring misery on one of city's busiest roads" An alternative caption could read "Supermarket creates jobs and pays for road improvements" But that might be too cheerful and positive for the Daily Echo! Huffter
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9:27pm Mon 14 Jan 13

loosehead says...

Shirleymum wrote:
My point was that some people took it that the ban on entering Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road was going to be permanent, which the Echo seems to be implying, but the council have said it is only during Phases 1 & 2 of the roadworks.
Please don't get me wrong I'm not having a go at you but I can see the nightmare people in that first road off of King Georges avenue are going to go through & I just can't see the need for altering the junction?
The only place I felt needed altering is the curve in that part of Regents Park Rd where the gate will be
[quote][p][bold]Shirleymum[/bold] wrote: My point was that some people took it that the ban on entering Regents Park Road from Millbrook Road was going to be permanent, which the Echo seems to be implying, but the council have said it is only during Phases 1 & 2 of the roadworks.[/p][/quote]Please don't get me wrong I'm not having a go at you but I can see the nightmare people in that first road off of King Georges avenue are going to go through & I just can't see the need for altering the junction? The only place I felt needed altering is the curve in that part of Regents Park Rd where the gate will be loosehead
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