WORK to install a bridge over a major Southampton road has been completed.

A footbridge over the M271 at the Redbridge Roundabout has now gone up.


According to Highways England, the project was finished 30 hours ahead of schedule.

The M271 southbound section at junction 1 and the northeastern section near Redbridge Towers was shut from Friday for most of the weekend.

Diversion routes were in place and motorists were warned that closures could change.

The work is part of a major Highways England improvement project for the Redbridge roundabout, which is set to cost between £8.5 million and £15.5 million.

Last summer the route was closed so an existing footbridge could be demolished.

Highways chiefs say the new bridge is “wider and less steep”.

The Redbridge Roundabout project includes adding an extra lane to ease congestion for vehicles travelling from the motorway to the city centre and the port.

It is hoped the project will relieve traffic congestion, improving capacity and reducing journey times

It is also hoped the new bridge will offer a safer and more accessible route for pedestrians and cyclists.

For more information visit the Highways England website.