A busy Southampton bridge is set to close to motorists this month.

Cobden Bridge will close for six nights from December 11 as improvement works continue.

Working hours will be between 8pm and 6am each night, excluding weekends.

During the day, the works area will reduce to the restrictions that are currently in place, which includes temporary traffic lights.

A full closure of St Denys Road will be in place between Thomas Lewis Way and Bitterne Triangle, including the bridge.

A spokesperson from Southampton City Council said: “We are able to complete a major portion of the work before Christmas, which will aid the completion of this project ahead of schedule.

“These works will involve resurfacing and relining of portions of St Denys Road and Cobden Bridge, which has been programmed to take place overnight to reduce disruption to residents.”

This closure forms part of the ongoing cycle improvement and safety works to the St Denys Road junction with Priory Road.

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The planned improvements include:

  • Resurfacing of Cobden Bridge, Priory Road junction, Aberdeen Road Junction, and other smaller locations along St Denys Road.
  • Relining of St Denys Road and Cobden Bridge between Thomas Lewis Way and Bitterne Triangle, including the installation of segregated mandatory cycle lanes on St Denys Road.
  • Once the surface has had time to cure, workers will return and install colourful surface finishes to indicate the new cycle lanes, as well as renewing anti-skid on the carriageway.

The latter is expected to take place in spring next year.

Due to the large nature of the works, access to the roads in St Denys between Thomas Lewis Way and Bitterne Triangle will only be permitted via Thomas Lewis Way.

There will be no access from Cobden Bridge.

Access from Thomas Lewis Way will be controlled by traffic marshals during the closure hours and a ‘waiting area’ will be fenced-off on the road for residents to park within and await the traffic marshal’s instruction.