New pedestrian crossings, resurfaced roads, upgraded lighting, new cycle lanes, new wayfinding and real-time public transport information will be coming to a Southampton suburb as part of a new travel hub.

Works are set to start on the delivery of a new travel hub in Woolston in April that the city council says will provide more transport opportunities for residents.

The works are set to begin on Monday, April 22, and are expected to take around nine weeks to complete.

Funded through the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund, the Woolston Travel Hub will provide access to a range of travel options in one location.

The council said that the hub will link with Woolston Station and the bus interchange on Cooper’s Lane to provide more convenient access to sustainable transport for local and onward journeys.

During the works, Colonnade Car Park will be closed, and crews will be working between 7am and 5pm each weekday and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays.

The active travel options included will come together with the Woolston and Itchen Active Travel Zone and Eastern Quietway route - which the council says is making walking and cycling easier and safer across the area.

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This comes as Southern Western Railway recently announced plans to increase the number of trains calling at Woolston Station which comes into effect in June.

Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The goal for all of our recent improvement works in and around Woolston is to ensure that people have good access to affordable, convenient, and sustainable modes of transport, enabling a genuine choice of how to travel for any one journey.

“We have been working in partnership with local people on a range of improvements to make sustainable travel options more viable for those people that can use them.

“The Woolston Travel Hub is a key part in tying all of the recent improvements together and allowing connected, sustainable journeys locally, across Southampton and beyond.”