BEDFORD Place in Southampton's city centre is set to reopen to traffic this morning.

From 8am the city council is expected to move the closure signs and let the first traffic onto the road for over a year.

Drivers will encounter fresh features on the road, while a new 20mph limit has been implemented and a Zebra crossing installed.

However, although Bedford Place will reopen, the council has confirmed that Carlton Place and Lower Banister Street will continue to remain closed to traffic with a final decision on the scheme expected later this year.


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As reported, the road closure was first implemented last summer to support businesses during the pandemic – but it proved controversial.

Once elected in May, the new Conservative leadership vowed to remove the pedestrianised area, and a recent council survey found 57% of Bedford Place businesses were against the road closure.