A SOUTHAMPTON road will be closed for two weeks from today.

Southampton City Council is to install part-time traffic signals at Woodmill Bridge as part of a traffic management scheme.

The road will be closed until January 19 to fit new traffic lights and a puffin crossing in the area.

The route will be closed between Oliver Road and Manor Farm Road.

However, as previously reported traffic chiefs have warned that the closure could cause delays.

The plans follow a public consultation exercise at the end of last year.

Residents have been urging the city council to install lights for a number of years.

A signed diversion route will be in place via Portswood Road, St Denys Road, Cobden Bridge and Manor Farm Road. Access to the Woodmill Activity Centre will be maintained throughout and will be via Wessex Lane in the first week and Manor Farm Road in the second. Safe pedestrian and cyclist access around the works area will also be maintained.

Following completion of the work, the signals will undergo a period of testing before going live during the February school half term.

The work will include maintenance work such as footway repairs and the cleaning of signs.

Once live, the traffic signals will work on a part-time basis, based on the flow of traffic through the junction.

It is thought the signals will be on during peak hours and switched off at night, when levels of traffic are lower.

During off-peak periods, the crossing will function but traffic will be expected to give and take as with the current arrangement