A BUSY Southampton road is set to be transformed in a bid to tackle traffic.

The staggered junction between Frogmore Lane and Brownhill Way is to be converted in to a cross-road.

It comes as plans to build a new Lidl on land off Brownhill Way were approved last month.

In an official document officers said that Brownhill Way is “close to capacity” and a simplified junction with a single-phase of traffic lights rather than two will improve the flow of traffic.

Details of the new junction are yet to be revealed but Southampton City Council has confirmed it will be designed to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and buses as well as general traffic.

In a statement the authority said: “The junction will be simplified by the removal of the stagger to make it more operationally efficient. This will give more capacity to the junction to accommodate the traffic from the development and will also provide bus priority and improved crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.”

The city council said a date for the start of the work is yet to be determined and is subject to the final design.

“As with all upgrades, there are likely to be some diversions and localised disruption. It’s too early to present any details at this stage in the design process. This would be a development led scheme and the council is working with Lidl on the funding arrangements,” the authority added.

Redbridge councillor Lee Whitbread said the majority of local residents supported plans for a new Lidl.

"But we need to ensure that the highways improvements proposed mitigate any additional traffic using the supermarket and that allow for people to easily access the shop on foot as such I very much welcome these measures proposed", he added.

James Mitchell, regional head of property for Lidl, had previously said that the proposals show the company’s commitment to Southampton and said Lidl worked closely with the city council to provide measures to address traffic.

A total of 130 parking spaces will also be provided at the site.

The store in Brownhill Way will be Lidl’s sixth store in the city.

The company currently has stores in Southampton’s High Street, as well as in Shirley, Thornhill, and Woolston and has recently been granted permission to open another store at the former H.A Fox Jaguar and Hunters Land Rover site at the junction of The Avenue and Banister Road.

Last month the firm announced further plans to expand across the Solent area with new stores in Winchester and Romsey.