Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port

Arcadia is one of four cruise ships due into the city today

Arcadia is one of four cruise ships due into the city today

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MOTORISTS are being urged to avoid part of Southampton city centre, with four cruise ships in port today.

The city council is warning of potential delays in the waterfront area after Ruby Princess, Seven Seas Voyager, Oriana and Arcadia all arrived in port this morning.

Thousands of people will arrive in the city this morning to embark on cruises.

City council highways officers used social networking site Twitter to say: “Expecting a busy day in the waterfront area with lots of arriving passengers for cruises & ferries, take other routes if possible.”

There are currently delays for motorists on Terminus Terrace, Canute Road and West Quay Road as inbound traffic towards Town Quay builds up.

With major roadworks still taking place at Platform Road and Town Quay, civic chiefs will hope to avoid the traffic chaos which was endured by hundreds of motorists on three occasions at the end of last year and the beginning of 2014.

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10:03am Fri 15 Aug 14

saint61 says...

A load of hogwash!

I've just travelled through town with no problems whatsoever!
Traffic is flowing as normal as it can be in Southampton.
The new road layout at dock gate 4 is working a treat.
A load of hogwash! I've just travelled through town with no problems whatsoever! Traffic is flowing as normal as it can be in Southampton. The new road layout at dock gate 4 is working a treat. saint61
  • Score: 15

10:06am Fri 15 Aug 14

good-gosh says...

OK, I'm ready – I've told the wife she's got to row me into town today – and bring her tide tables or we'll end up at ESSO jetty.
OK, I'm ready – I've told the wife she's got to row me into town today – and bring her tide tables or we'll end up at ESSO jetty. good-gosh
  • Score: 18

10:38am Fri 15 Aug 14

forest hump says...

good-gosh wrote:
OK, I'm ready – I've told the wife she's got to row me into town today – and bring her tide tables or we'll end up at ESSO jetty.
You will be well looked after
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: OK, I'm ready – I've told the wife she's got to row me into town today – and bring her tide tables or we'll end up at ESSO jetty.[/p][/quote]You will be well looked after forest hump
  • Score: 1

10:41am Fri 15 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

Here we go again...
Here we go again... excusemoi
  • Score: 1

10:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

focus19 says...

Southampton Lacks Behind Salisbury, Winchester, Portsmouth with NO Park and Ride, People using their cars as the majority of bus routes have been cut back to just the main bus route corridors due to lack of council funding . Not so bad if you Live in Shirley Portswood or Bitterne , Townhill Park with Buses quite frequent, and this causes too many people opting for there cars heading into the city most days with Little road space and parking, Sundays are usually the worst days with Queuing traffic to get into west quay, Even Southampton General Hospital Area gets gridlocked these days with the amount of people driving to the hospital with no direct transport links from Eastleigh and Hythe Fawley etc . Carhampton it is LOL
Southampton Lacks Behind Salisbury, Winchester, Portsmouth with NO Park and Ride, People using their cars as the majority of bus routes have been cut back to just the main bus route corridors due to lack of council funding . Not so bad if you Live in Shirley Portswood or Bitterne , Townhill Park with Buses quite frequent, and this causes too many people opting for there cars heading into the city most days with Little road space and parking, Sundays are usually the worst days with Queuing traffic to get into west quay, Even Southampton General Hospital Area gets gridlocked these days with the amount of people driving to the hospital with no direct transport links from Eastleigh and Hythe Fawley etc . Carhampton it is LOL focus19
  • Score: 4

11:01am Fri 15 Aug 14

focus19 says...

saint61 wrote:
A load of hogwash!

I've just travelled through town with no problems whatsoever!
Traffic is flowing as normal as it can be in Southampton.
The new road layout at dock gate 4 is working a treat.
Nice one councillor LOL
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: A load of hogwash! I've just travelled through town with no problems whatsoever! Traffic is flowing as normal as it can be in Southampton. The new road layout at dock gate 4 is working a treat.[/p][/quote]Nice one councillor LOL focus19
  • Score: 7

11:03am Fri 15 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

The Council do a very poor job at managing road works but in all fairness, this 'tweet' from the Council is just warning people the city centre could be busy and to take other routes if you can.

Not the spin that James Franklin has put on it - the Council are trying to keep everybody out!
The Council do a very poor job at managing road works but in all fairness, this 'tweet' from the Council is just warning people the city centre could be busy and to take other routes if you can. Not the spin that James Franklin has put on it - the Council are trying to keep everybody out! sotonboy84
  • Score: 9

11:40am Fri 15 Aug 14

befriendly says...

Not much good issuing warning on the day and no good at all with publicising by all media avenues so at least a few people will actually know about it, but its the council, so what can we expect.
Not much good issuing warning on the day and no good at all with publicising by all media avenues so at least a few people will actually know about it, but its the council, so what can we expect. befriendly
  • Score: 3

12:54pm Fri 15 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice! 03alpe01
  • Score: -2

2:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

Directing traffic from the M3 and M27 east into dock gate 4 via the M271 is a nonsense. Apart from being 10 miles further than the direct routes you have to pass dock gate 8 where other ships are boarding. Current directions make a bottle neck and make a bad situation worse.
Directing traffic from the M3 and M27 east into dock gate 4 via the M271 is a nonsense. Apart from being 10 miles further than the direct routes you have to pass dock gate 8 where other ships are boarding. Current directions make a bottle neck and make a bad situation worse. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 3

2:41pm Fri 15 Aug 14

S!monOn says...

03alpe01 wrote:
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre.

Do you exaggerate everything you read?
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice![/p][/quote]No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre. Do you exaggerate everything you read? S!monOn
  • Score: 5

2:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

jen1 says...

saint61 wrote:
A load of hogwash!

I've just travelled through town with no problems whatsoever!
Traffic is flowing as normal as it can be in Southampton.
The new road layout at dock gate 4 is working a treat.
That's probably because everyone's heeded the warning to stay away.
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: A load of hogwash! I've just travelled through town with no problems whatsoever! Traffic is flowing as normal as it can be in Southampton. The new road layout at dock gate 4 is working a treat.[/p][/quote]That's probably because everyone's heeded the warning to stay away. jen1
  • Score: 0

3:32pm Fri 15 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

S!monOn wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre.

Do you exaggerate everything you read?
Not what the headline says is it?

Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice![/p][/quote]No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre. Do you exaggerate everything you read?[/p][/quote]Not what the headline says is it? Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port 03alpe01
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Ellwood says...

.............. part of the 'softening up process' ahead of a City centre congestion charge/tax.
.............. part of the 'softening up process' ahead of a City centre congestion charge/tax. Ellwood
  • Score: 9

3:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

S!monOn says...

03alpe01 wrote:
S!monOn wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre.

Do you exaggerate everything you read?
Not what the headline says is it?

Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port
And you translated that to "tourists stay away".
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice![/p][/quote]No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre. Do you exaggerate everything you read?[/p][/quote]Not what the headline says is it? Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port[/p][/quote]And you translated that to "tourists stay away". S!monOn
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

S!monOn wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre.

Do you exaggerate everything you read?
He only exagerates it due to the fact he doesnt understand it !!
.
On of lifes perpetual moaner .......
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice![/p][/quote]No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre. Do you exaggerate everything you read?[/p][/quote]He only exagerates it due to the fact he doesnt understand it !! . On of lifes perpetual moaner ....... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Markmag says...

focus19 wrote:
Southampton Lacks Behind Salisbury, Winchester, Portsmouth with NO Park and Ride, People using their cars as the majority of bus routes have been cut back to just the main bus route corridors due to lack of council funding . Not so bad if you Live in Shirley Portswood or Bitterne , Townhill Park with Buses quite frequent, and this causes too many people opting for there cars heading into the city most days with Little road space and parking, Sundays are usually the worst days with Queuing traffic to get into west quay, Even Southampton General Hospital Area gets gridlocked these days with the amount of people driving to the hospital with no direct transport links from Eastleigh and Hythe Fawley etc . Carhampton it is LOL
A bus route of Fawley - Hythe - Totton - General Hospital - Bassett - Asda - Velmore - Eastleigh is whats required I agree - too many councils involved for it to get funding and not profitable enough without it sadly. It'll get worse when the W2 stops next month. Compare to Bournemouth where the out-of-town hospital has buses to nearly everywhere and it's own bus station it's clear Southampton General gets a raw deal in terms of connections.
[quote][p][bold]focus19[/bold] wrote: Southampton Lacks Behind Salisbury, Winchester, Portsmouth with NO Park and Ride, People using their cars as the majority of bus routes have been cut back to just the main bus route corridors due to lack of council funding . Not so bad if you Live in Shirley Portswood or Bitterne , Townhill Park with Buses quite frequent, and this causes too many people opting for there cars heading into the city most days with Little road space and parking, Sundays are usually the worst days with Queuing traffic to get into west quay, Even Southampton General Hospital Area gets gridlocked these days with the amount of people driving to the hospital with no direct transport links from Eastleigh and Hythe Fawley etc . Carhampton it is LOL[/p][/quote]A bus route of Fawley - Hythe - Totton - General Hospital - Bassett - Asda - Velmore - Eastleigh is whats required I agree - too many councils involved for it to get funding and not profitable enough without it sadly. It'll get worse when the W2 stops next month. Compare to Bournemouth where the out-of-town hospital has buses to nearly everywhere and it's own bus station it's clear Southampton General gets a raw deal in terms of connections. Markmag
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Fri 15 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

S!monOn wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
S!monOn wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre.

Do you exaggerate everything you read?
Not what the headline says is it?

Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port
And you translated that to "tourists stay away".
Supposing someone wanted to come to Southampton to I don't know go shopping or to the cinema and they read that?
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice![/p][/quote]No, motorists are warned that there could be delays and avoid PART of Southampton City Centre. Do you exaggerate everything you read?[/p][/quote]Not what the headline says is it? Roads chiefs urge drivers to avoid Southampton city centre as four cruise ships are due in port[/p][/quote]And you translated that to "tourists stay away".[/p][/quote]Supposing someone wanted to come to Southampton to I don't know go shopping or to the cinema and they read that? 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

4:40pm Fri 15 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

Anyway, the sooner we get a park and ride scheme in place the better.
Anyway, the sooner we get a park and ride scheme in place the better. 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

5:23pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Saints n Winners says...

03alpe01 wrote:
This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice!
Quite Remarkable? I have never heard anyone say Southampton is remarkable. London, Edinburgh, Chester, York, maybe even Birmingham these days; but not Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: This is quite possibly the best piece of tourist advice I've seen in ages! Regardless of how accurate it is, the message to tourists who would like to come and visit this quite remarkable City are being told to stay away. Brilliant tourist advice![/p][/quote]Quite Remarkable? I have never heard anyone say Southampton is remarkable. London, Edinburgh, Chester, York, maybe even Birmingham these days; but not Southampton. Saints n Winners
  • Score: 1

6:03pm Fri 15 Aug 14

downfader says...

There was a little build up when I was on the road at around 3pm today. Most of it was fine to be honest. I think most people have take the Council's advice.
There was a little build up when I was on the road at around 3pm today. Most of it was fine to be honest. I think most people have take the Council's advice. downfader
  • Score: -2

3:23am Sat 16 Aug 14

Mary80 says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Anyway, the sooner we get a park and ride scheme in place the better.
Ever been to Portsmouth? NOBODY bloody uses their park and ride and STILL use their cars to get to Gunwharf quay, so what hope do you have of Sotonians using one? Very little so the problem will still exist
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Anyway, the sooner we get a park and ride scheme in place the better.[/p][/quote]Ever been to Portsmouth? NOBODY bloody uses their park and ride and STILL use their cars to get to Gunwharf quay, so what hope do you have of Sotonians using one? Very little so the problem will still exist Mary80
  • Score: 5

10:58am Sat 16 Aug 14

downfader says...

Mary80 wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Anyway, the sooner we get a park and ride scheme in place the better.
Ever been to Portsmouth? NOBODY bloody uses their park and ride and STILL use their cars to get to Gunwharf quay, so what hope do you have of Sotonians using one? Very little so the problem will still exist
South Today covered the park and ride schemes recently. The problem Winchester, Portsmouth and co have is that they've made the car too easy to use. Park and ride only works in places where they've put in exclusion zones, alternatives like bus and bike routes, allowed motorcycle access etc.

IIRC Germany tried park and ride like this.

I think South Today broadly agreed with your analysis. People assume others will use them instead of taking personal responsibility.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Anyway, the sooner we get a park and ride scheme in place the better.[/p][/quote]Ever been to Portsmouth? NOBODY bloody uses their park and ride and STILL use their cars to get to Gunwharf quay, so what hope do you have of Sotonians using one? Very little so the problem will still exist[/p][/quote]South Today covered the park and ride schemes recently. The problem Winchester, Portsmouth and co have is that they've made the car too easy to use. Park and ride only works in places where they've put in exclusion zones, alternatives like bus and bike routes, allowed motorcycle access etc. IIRC Germany tried park and ride like this. I think South Today broadly agreed with your analysis. People assume others will use them instead of taking personal responsibility. downfader
  • Score: 0

12:49am Sun 17 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

downfader wrote:
There was a little build up when I was on the road at around 3pm today. Most of it was fine to be honest. I think most people have take the Council's advice.
Most passengers will have boarded by 1 or 2pm as the ships sail from about 4. By 3 all will be back to normal. Perhaps the warnings by the council should make that clearer.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: There was a little build up when I was on the road at around 3pm today. Most of it was fine to be honest. I think most people have take the Council's advice.[/p][/quote]Most passengers will have boarded by 1 or 2pm as the ships sail from about 4. By 3 all will be back to normal. Perhaps the warnings by the council should make that clearer. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 1

6:18pm Sun 17 Aug 14

ChandlersFordKev says...

Surely the simple thing is to build secure parking with check in facilities, somewhere on the outskirts of the town, preferable beside the M27.

They then check in, have their free glass of champagne. Then are whisked away by luxury coach to the docks.

Or is that too simple?
Surely the simple thing is to build secure parking with check in facilities, somewhere on the outskirts of the town, preferable beside the M27. They then check in, have their free glass of champagne. Then are whisked away by luxury coach to the docks. Or is that too simple? ChandlersFordKev
  • Score: 0

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