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Work begins on 1,000 new parking spaces in Southampton

WORK is now underway in Southampton to create 1,000 new parking spaces in areas of the city.

By spring 2023, the council is to work with its road partner, Balfour Beaty, to deliver the spaces.

It also plans to maximize the number of spaces by creating a mix of formal car parks, parking bays and converted roadsides.

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This follows a survey by ward councillors, cabinet members and housing services staff to identify project sites, taking into account locations where vehicles are currently parked on verges, causing ground damage.

Subject to further planning and consultation, new parking facilities will be added in:

  • bassette
  • Beovis
  • Bitterne (where projects are already underway at Lydgate Road and Farringford Road)
  • Coxford
  • Harefield
  • Millbrook
  • Redbridge
  • Shirley
  • Sholing
  • Swaythling
  • Woolston

Communities, Culture and Heritage boss Cllr Spiros Vassiliou said: “This high priority 1,000 parking space project will help us deliver on one of our key commitments to Southampton and its people.

“While we want to encourage people to use public transport as much as possible, there is still a need for adequate parking for the intended use in the city.

“I hope that by creating dedicated parking spaces, we can improve the safety of motorists and vehicles, as well as the appearance of neighborhoods and create environments in which people can be proud to live.”

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins