DRIVERS in Southampton are set to face weeks of traffic problems as Bassett Avenue closes.

The road will be closed southbound into the city for a month starting today as part of a three-month £1million project to improve the roads.

Southampton City Council says phase one, which lasts for four weeks, will involve relocating any damaged or deteriorating manholes and drains.

A map (see above) shows the proposed route, which involves diverting drivers from the M3 southbound onto the M27 either east or west, then heading into the city.

A statement says: "We are advising drivers approaching Southampton from the M3 motorway to use alternative routes into the city via the M27 junctions 3 and 5.

"Inbound (southbound) traffic reaching Chilworth Roundabout will be diverted via Bassett Green Road and should expect delays at peak times.

"Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained via shared use pavement.

"Cyclists will be asked to dismount where temporary footway is provided around work on the pavement.

"For health and safety reasons pedestrians and cyclists are not permitted into the segregated works area.

"If you require assistance, please speak with a site marshal."