SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway

The SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway is part of the Southampton Cycle Network (SCN). It provides a new segregated, shared route to help more people in the east of the city and Hampshire cycle safely and with confidence. The route includes a new 2.6km segregated cycle freeway along Bursledon Road from Windhover Roundabout as well as priority for people cycling over side crossings and improved crossing points. At Bitterne village, the route connects to the SCN4 which provides a network of ‘quiet ways’ through Bitterne to Northam Road.

Watch the video or click on the interactive map (both below) to learn more about the SCN3 route – then why not try it for yourself? You’ll also find links to other useful services which can help you build your cycling confidence.

SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway

SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway

Windhover Roundabout
not complete
Work commencing spring 2020

Cycle way enhancements planned to existing shared route and new crossings.

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Botley Road
complete
Complete

Improvements to the junction include new signals and new toucan crossings. Use the new diagonal crossing to get to SCN3 cycle way on the north side of Bursledon Road.

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Coates Road/Warburton Road
complete
Complete

Improvements here include new signals, widening of the existing crossings and a new toucan crossing at Coates Road. Coates Road has also been narrowed to one lane and now includes a new southbound cycle lane. The two way SCN3 cycle way runs alongside the Thornhill estate towards Antelope Retail Park.

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Gavan Street
complete
Complete

Improvements include new signals and a new cycle crossing, where traffic turning left into the retail park will need to wait while cycles cross the junction. The new two way SCN3 cycle way continues between here and Hinkler Road/Kathleen Road.

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Carey Road
complete
Complete

Take the new path to Carey Road for a short section to Hinkler Road. To get to Kathleen Road, use the new toucan crossing over Bursledon Road.

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Hinkler Road/Kathleen Road
complete
Complete

Both junctions now provide new signals and toucan crossings. After Hinkler Road, continue along the north side of Bursledon Road towards Bitterne.

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Upper Deacon Road and Deacon Road
complete
Complete

Both junctions now provide new signals and new toucan crossings. Cross Upper Deacon Road to continue on the two way SCN3 cycle way along the north side of Bursledon Road.

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Bath Road to Bitterne Village
complete
Complete

This junction now provides new signals and toucan crossings. The section is now a two way shared use path to get to Bitterne.

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Whites Road
complete
Complete

This junction includes new signals and toucan crossings. Travelling out from Bitterne, use a new diagonal crossing to get to the SCN3 cycle way on the north side of Bursledon Road.

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Whites Road to Bitterne
complete
Complete

Continuing towards the city centre, use the new cycle path past the Mazda Garage, then left past Bitterne Anglican Church before Bitterne precinct to Angel Crescent.

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SCN4: Angel Crescent and Peartree Avenue
complete
Complete

At Bitterne the route connects to the SCN4. Improvements on Angel Crescent and Peartree Avenue include a new shared cycle route and toucan crossing providing a safe route to Bitterne CofE School. Go along Angel Crescent before joining Peartree Avenue.

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Chessel Avenue
complete
Complete

There is now a new sign posted quiet way along Chessel Avenue to get to Quayside Road avoiding Bitterne Road West. After Peartree Avenue, follow Chessel Avenue before turning on to Cross Road, Athelstan Road and then across the railway to Quayside Road and Bitterne Manor School.  

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Quayside Road
complete
Complete

This has now been resurfaced and signed. Continue along Quayside Road to join the existing shared use cycle way across Northam River Bridge towards the city centre and St Mary’s Stadium.

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