CITY councillors are set to approve plans for a temporary traffic-free zone in Southampton.

Part of the city centre is to be closed to through traffic as part of a trial set to be approved by cabinet member at Southampton City Council this afternoon.

The move is part of the council's Green Transport Recovery Plan.

According to the proposals, the following measures are set to be implemented: New Road, Above Bar Street and Portland Terrace are set to be closed to through traffic.

However, these three roads are expected to remain open to taxis, buses and cyclists.

Closures and other measures would  also be put in place at Devonshire Road, Cumberland Place, London Road, Bellvue Road and Civic Centre Road.

The city council said further details including a start date for the trial as well as information on how the measures will be enhanced are yet to be revealed.

But according to the report that is going to be approved by cabinet member, the proposed measures could be rolled out by September this year.

Civic chiefs said a public consultation will also be launched as the scheme is trialled.

It is understood the measures will be temporary and will then be reviewed.

They will be part of the £4.1m recovery plan which has already seen a number of pop-up cycle and bus lanes implemented across the city.

These includes those on Bassett Avenue, The Avenue, Hill Lane and Bitterne Road West.