Heavy traffic clogs up Southampton's road network on Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday misery for city centre motorists

Bank Holiday misery for city centre motorists

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

MOTORISTS are facing Bank Holiday misery as much of the city centre’s road network is clogged up with traffic.

There is currently significant congestion in the waterfront area of Southampton as traffic heads towards and away from WestQuay shopping centre and Ikea.

Traffic is also busy in the Commercial Road and Hill Lane areas of the city.

There is very slow traffic on both Hampshire motorways.

Southampton City Council’s highways department tweeted earlier: “All roads that lead to the city centre have very heavy traffic as people head to the shops for the afternoon.”

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3:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Turn off the electric and force all Traffic Lights to fail and the traffic will flow nicely.
Turn off the electric and force all Traffic Lights to fail and the traffic will flow nicely. IronLady2010
  • Score: 39

3:22pm Mon 25 Aug 14

THE12THMAN says...

Southampton has got to many traffic lights, they cause most of the congestion because they do not let the traffic move freely.
Southampton has got to many traffic lights, they cause most of the congestion because they do not let the traffic move freely. THE12THMAN
  • Score: 29

3:46pm Mon 25 Aug 14

focus19 says...

Too many cars in too little space, Park & Ride, is whats needed . Public Transport has never been the Number one priority for Southampton as Parking meters pay councillor wages. There is no Proper transport hub/interchange bus station, you have to guess where The Bus you want leaves from which is a put off for public transport as well.
Too many cars in too little space, Park & Ride, is whats needed . Public Transport has never been the Number one priority for Southampton as Parking meters pay councillor wages. There is no Proper transport hub/interchange bus station, you have to guess where The Bus you want leaves from which is a put off for public transport as well. focus19
  • Score: 29

3:53pm Mon 25 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

Portsmouth and Bournemouth don't seem to have the same levels of congestion. Too many lights and directing all traffic to approach West Quay from the west, even if coming in on the M27 from the east don't help.
Portsmouth and Bournemouth don't seem to have the same levels of congestion. Too many lights and directing all traffic to approach West Quay from the west, even if coming in on the M27 from the east don't help. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 15

4:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jonone says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
Portsmouth and Bournemouth don't seem to have the same levels of congestion. Too many lights and directing all traffic to approach West Quay from the west, even if coming in on the M27 from the east don't help.
Far easier to visit Portsmouth than Southampton. Park & Ride site just off the motorway and very swift journey into town.

Haven't visited Southampton for ages due to terrible journey to reach the centre.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: Portsmouth and Bournemouth don't seem to have the same levels of congestion. Too many lights and directing all traffic to approach West Quay from the west, even if coming in on the M27 from the east don't help.[/p][/quote]Far easier to visit Portsmouth than Southampton. Park & Ride site just off the motorway and very swift journey into town. Haven't visited Southampton for ages due to terrible journey to reach the centre. jonone
  • Score: 11

4:56pm Mon 25 Aug 14

threetoonefav says...

Have people not got better things do to than go to West Quay shopping. Most of them only went yesterday afternoon.

Muppets the lot of em.........!!,!
Have people not got better things do to than go to West Quay shopping. Most of them only went yesterday afternoon. Muppets the lot of em.........!!,! threetoonefav
  • Score: 23

5:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

downfader says...

THE12THMAN wrote:
Southampton has got to many traffic lights, they cause most of the congestion because they do not let the traffic move freely.
Think yourself lucky they change for cars. The ones on the Itchen Bridge werent working friday morning and we all had to get off the bikes and walk through the junction
[quote][p][bold]THE12THMAN[/bold] wrote: Southampton has got to many traffic lights, they cause most of the congestion because they do not let the traffic move freely.[/p][/quote]Think yourself lucky they change for cars. The ones on the Itchen Bridge werent working friday morning and we all had to get off the bikes and walk through the junction downfader
  • Score: -9

5:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

funchal says...

I somehow knew that West Quay would be busy on a Bank Holiday and rainy day. I only shop there early. I arrive about 10.00am a quick coffee and get what I want and am out of there by 11.30am. Easily the best way to shop and avoid the crowds!
I somehow knew that West Quay would be busy on a Bank Holiday and rainy day. I only shop there early. I arrive about 10.00am a quick coffee and get what I want and am out of there by 11.30am. Easily the best way to shop and avoid the crowds! funchal
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Donald2000 says...

focus19 wrote:
Too many cars in too little space, Park & Ride, is whats needed . Public Transport has never been the Number one priority for Southampton as Parking meters pay councillor wages. There is no Proper transport hub/interchange bus station, you have to guess where The Bus you want leaves from which is a put off for public transport as well.
Thank you for an excellent posting. I would have thought that knocking down Debenhams and replacing it with a bus station would be an excellent idea. To be quite frank I have never seem anyone in there for many a year and how on earth they keep trading is beyond me. A bus station there would go nicely with the new Morrisons that they are building and is a short walk away from West Quay and Bargate, etc.
[quote][p][bold]focus19[/bold] wrote: Too many cars in too little space, Park & Ride, is whats needed . Public Transport has never been the Number one priority for Southampton as Parking meters pay councillor wages. There is no Proper transport hub/interchange bus station, you have to guess where The Bus you want leaves from which is a put off for public transport as well.[/p][/quote]Thank you for an excellent posting. I would have thought that knocking down Debenhams and replacing it with a bus station would be an excellent idea. To be quite frank I have never seem anyone in there for many a year and how on earth they keep trading is beyond me. A bus station there would go nicely with the new Morrisons that they are building and is a short walk away from West Quay and Bargate, etc. Donald2000
  • Score: -3

6:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

funchal wrote:
I somehow knew that West Quay would be busy on a Bank Holiday and rainy day. I only shop there early. I arrive about 10.00am a quick coffee and get what I want and am out of there by 11.30am. Easily the best way to shop and avoid the crowds!
I avoid town for the very reasons on this post and i have lived in southampton for 53 years !! this council and traffic planning is a joke
[quote][p][bold]funchal[/bold] wrote: I somehow knew that West Quay would be busy on a Bank Holiday and rainy day. I only shop there early. I arrive about 10.00am a quick coffee and get what I want and am out of there by 11.30am. Easily the best way to shop and avoid the crowds![/p][/quote]I avoid town for the very reasons on this post and i have lived in southampton for 53 years !! this council and traffic planning is a joke mickey01
  • Score: 5

6:15pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Huffter says...

Self-inflicted
Self-inflicted Huffter
  • Score: 5

7:24pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

What a load of tosh about nothing .....
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Its sunny and holiday makers go to the beach.
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It rains then they go into a town centre .....
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It causes traffic hold ups ..... whats new.
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The Echo sfterf two other attempts have managed to muster a few complaints about delays ....... they failed miserably on the other two
What a load of tosh about nothing ..... . Its sunny and holiday makers go to the beach. . It rains then they go into a town centre ..... . It causes traffic hold ups ..... whats new. . The Echo sfterf two other attempts have managed to muster a few complaints about delays ....... they failed miserably on the other two Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

*after*
*after* Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -1

7:35pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Copperman says...

Southampton is the home of the traffic light. With a council making cuts all over the place they invest in a Sea Museum no one can get to and is leaking more money that the Titanic did water.
Southampton is the home of the traffic light. With a council making cuts all over the place they invest in a Sea Museum no one can get to and is leaking more money that the Titanic did water. Copperman
  • Score: 4

8:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Graeme Harrison says...

Donald2000 wrote:
focus19 wrote:
Too many cars in too little space, Park & Ride, is whats needed . Public Transport has never been the Number one priority for Southampton as Parking meters pay councillor wages. There is no Proper transport hub/interchange bus station, you have to guess where The Bus you want leaves from which is a put off for public transport as well.
Thank you for an excellent posting. I would have thought that knocking down Debenhams and replacing it with a bus station would be an excellent idea. To be quite frank I have never seem anyone in there for many a year and how on earth they keep trading is beyond me. A bus station there would go nicely with the new Morrisons that they are building and is a short walk away from West Quay and Bargate, etc.
Better yet: knock down Debenhams and build both an ice-rink and a bus station preferably in same building so that people can skate to and from the buses.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]focus19[/bold] wrote: Too many cars in too little space, Park & Ride, is whats needed . Public Transport has never been the Number one priority for Southampton as Parking meters pay councillor wages. There is no Proper transport hub/interchange bus station, you have to guess where The Bus you want leaves from which is a put off for public transport as well.[/p][/quote]Thank you for an excellent posting. I would have thought that knocking down Debenhams and replacing it with a bus station would be an excellent idea. To be quite frank I have never seem anyone in there for many a year and how on earth they keep trading is beyond me. A bus station there would go nicely with the new Morrisons that they are building and is a short walk away from West Quay and Bargate, etc.[/p][/quote]Better yet: knock down Debenhams and build both an ice-rink and a bus station preferably in same building so that people can skate to and from the buses. Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Stubs says...

We need more shipping centres in Southampton to accommodate everyone. Please build more.
We need more shipping centres in Southampton to accommodate everyone. Please build more. Stubs
  • Score: -8

9:04pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Please build more restaurants as well as shops. And more coffee shops.
Please build more restaurants as well as shops. And more coffee shops. Stubs
  • Score: -9

9:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

wwozzer says...

What recession?
What recession? wwozzer
  • Score: 3

11:22pm Mon 25 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

Debenhams have probably got the best menswear department in Southampton and probably in Hampshire.

A bus station will make no difference to congestion, particularly when it's
wet. Park and ride, reducing traffic lights and directing traffic into the city by the shortest route may help.
Debenhams have probably got the best menswear department in Southampton and probably in Hampshire. A bus station will make no difference to congestion, particularly when it's wet. Park and ride, reducing traffic lights and directing traffic into the city by the shortest route may help. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

1:24am Tue 26 Aug 14

Tirau Dan says...

rebuild the royal pier and bring back the floating bridge.. put yer feet up and stop moaning.. if you want to drive a car you get traffic. Soton traffic is a breeze compared to a big city but agree with many waaaaay too many lights!!##@%
rebuild the royal pier and bring back the floating bridge.. put yer feet up and stop moaning.. if you want to drive a car you get traffic. Soton traffic is a breeze compared to a big city but agree with many waaaaay too many lights!!##@% Tirau Dan
  • Score: -1

8:24am Tue 26 Aug 14

tootle says...

Well we needed to get across town and back twice yesterday. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon - Quiet both times.

Do tend to avoid shopping in Southampton but since everywhere has the same shops(mostly) I can shop where it is quieter. Free parking in Fareham appealed on Sunday.
Well we needed to get across town and back twice yesterday. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon - Quiet both times. Do tend to avoid shopping in Southampton but since everywhere has the same shops(mostly) I can shop where it is quieter. Free parking in Fareham appealed on Sunday. tootle
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

I had no trouble getting in and out of town yesterday.

I also saved money by not driving.
I had no trouble getting in and out of town yesterday. I also saved money by not driving. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

funchal says...

I have spoken with several people who were working on Bank Holiday Monday and they said they have never seen anything like it! Some staff who work in a large department store and started work at midday took well over 2 hours to get from Totton to West Quay!!! It must have been a nightmare!!
I have spoken with several people who were working on Bank Holiday Monday and they said they have never seen anything like it! Some staff who work in a large department store and started work at midday took well over 2 hours to get from Totton to West Quay!!! It must have been a nightmare!! funchal
  • Score: -1

12:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

southy says...

funchal wrote:
I have spoken with several people who were working on Bank Holiday Monday and they said they have never seen anything like it! Some staff who work in a large department store and started work at midday took well over 2 hours to get from Totton to West Quay!!! It must have been a nightmare!!
And they can't blame passenger ships this time
[quote][p][bold]funchal[/bold] wrote: I have spoken with several people who were working on Bank Holiday Monday and they said they have never seen anything like it! Some staff who work in a large department store and started work at midday took well over 2 hours to get from Totton to West Quay!!! It must have been a nightmare!![/p][/quote]And they can't blame passenger ships this time southy
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mary80 says...

A park and ride in Southampton would NOT work, they have one in Portsmouth that nobody bloody uses so why waste money on something that won't get used
A park and ride in Southampton would NOT work, they have one in Portsmouth that nobody bloody uses so why waste money on something that won't get used Mary80
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

downfader says...

funchal wrote:
I have spoken with several people who were working on Bank Holiday Monday and they said they have never seen anything like it! Some staff who work in a large department store and started work at midday took well over 2 hours to get from Totton to West Quay!!! It must have been a nightmare!!
Totton to West Quay? That's a 20 minute bike ride. A 30 minute bus trip.

Why would anyone wish to drive? Department store work isnt going to need huge loads to be carried (I know because I've worked in retail).
[quote][p][bold]funchal[/bold] wrote: I have spoken with several people who were working on Bank Holiday Monday and they said they have never seen anything like it! Some staff who work in a large department store and started work at midday took well over 2 hours to get from Totton to West Quay!!! It must have been a nightmare!![/p][/quote]Totton to West Quay? That's a 20 minute bike ride. A 30 minute bus trip. Why would anyone wish to drive? Department store work isnt going to need huge loads to be carried (I know because I've worked in retail). downfader
  • Score: 1

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