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ABP Marathon, Half and 10k – Road closures around the city


The ABP Southampton Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 22nd April and there is also a Half Marathon, 10k and children’s races. In the previous 3 years, the events have raised over £750,000 for local charities, many of which are based locally in Southampton.


Road Closure Information

It is anticipated that 10,000 runners will be pounding the pavements and the event organisers have worked with local residents, businesses, Southampton City Council and other agencies to ensure traffic continues to move around the city as much as possible.
The race will involve road closures around the city between 8am and 4pm on Sunday 22nd April (with the exception of Guildhall Square area which will be closed from 7am Sat – 8pm Sun for the Race Village).

It is likely that traffic will be heavier around the city centre area so it will be advisable to plan and allow extra time for your journey.  View the route and road closures map > 

City Centre and Bitterne

Westquay and The Avenue: Although there will be extensive closures in the city centre, movement around the city will still be possible via the A33 coming into Westquay as well as Kingsway and The Avenue will be open throughout the race day.
London Road: This road will be closed from 0900 – 1600 so please ensure you access the city centre via Hill Lane or The Avenue and Kingsway.
Docks: Please be aware there will be additional closures outside Dockgate 4 and 5 between 0900 – 0930 only.
Bitterne: It is expected that the majority of runners will be here between 0930 – 1100 but marshals will be present on every corner and street in hi-vis vests. They are there for runners safety but also to ensure vehicles can move across when it is safe to do so.
Bitterne Triangle: This area will be a great vantage point to spectate and enjoy the marathon. Cobden bridge will be closed but Woodmill will be open via Woodmill Lane as well as access to the city centre westbound on Northam Bridge.
View City Centre Residents Letter >
View Bitterne Residents Letter > 

Portswood and Woolston

The Marathon route this year will include the Woolston Waterfront and a direct run up through Portswood via Highfield Lane, crossing both Thomas Lewis Way and Portswood Road, so to move North South or South North will require using Burgess Road and the Avenue or Hill Lane for Westquay.

North of Highfield Lane: If you are in the Portswood area north of Highfield Lane, the access to the city centre will be via Hill Lane and The Avenue. Burgess Road and the University of Southampton campus are not part of the route this year which will ensure traffic moves as per normal.

South of Highfield Lane: Lodge Road and The Avenue will be open for access as per normal. For access East of the city, please use The Avenue and Burgess Road.

Woolston: It is anticipated that this area will be particularly busy with runners between 0930 – 1030 but marshals will be present on every corner and street in hi-vis vests. They are there for runners safety, but also to ensure vehicles can move across when it is safe to do so. There will be runners on the one way system so please try to use alternatives where possible.

Jurds Lake Way: As you exit your close/drive turn to the left, the runners will be on the far side of the road separated by cones. There will be marshals on hand to help direct cars. As you head down past the sailing club, there will be a holding point for a moment to find a gap between the runners and then you will be able to exit the run route at Swift Road on the right hand side. The busiest part of the race will be approx 0930 – 1000 but there are often gaps between the runners. As and when you need to come back into your house, please arrive via Archery Road or Weston Lane and travel up Jurds Lake Way. This will create a one way system and will allow access in and out of your house as and when needed. Please keep to under 20mph whilst on Jurds Lake Way.

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