Work on a brand-new £300,000 cycle lane to better connect Romsey with Southampton is to begin next week.

The Southampton Road cycle scheme will see a bicycle lane run up the busy road outside of the market town.

The work, which starts on Monday, will place the segregated route from Lee Lane up to the bypass roundabout in the town, running past Romsey Rapids.

This will allow cyclists using the route down from Southampton and Nursling, via Lee Lane - where there is a crossing point, to then join the busy route "safer and easier", Test Valley Borough Council says.

The lane will be built on the east side of the road.

Work is estimated to last for four months, with a month’s break during Christmas to help prevent congestion over the holiday season.

Deputy council leader Nick Adams-King said: “This has been long in the planning, and I’m really pleased that we have a date for works to start.

"In 2019 we declared a climate emergency and improving cycling infrastructure around Test Valley is a key aspect of meeting our goals to reduce our carbon output in the borough.

“I appreciate there will be some disruption along what rather a main route between Southampton and Romsey but that is entirely the point. Such a main route deserves a designated cycling facility to enable safe, environmentally friendly transport between Nursling and Romsey.

Councillor Mark Cooper added: “This road is pivotal in connecting Romsey with areas to the south both in the borough, and in the city of Southampton. I’m very pleased work is set to commence, and I look forward to seeing the finished project early next year.”

The project has been funded by contributions from developers around the town through the Community Infrastructure Levy