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Highway Authority
Forward Destination on
M3, M27, A33, M271, (A36)
Next Primary Destinations
Fareham • Ringwood • Salisbury • Winchester
Places related to the M3
Places related to the M27
Places related to the A33
Places related to the A36
Salisbury • Frome • Warminster • Bath • Bristol
This article is about the city and Primary Destination.
For the Highway Authority, see Southampton Council

Southampton is a city on the south coast of England.



Southampton in 1922 didn't have any principal toll-tree roads suitable for major traffic to the east, and road numbering reflected that - the A27 crossed the Hamble at Botley, as there was no fixed crossing south of there. And the Northam Bridge was narrow and tolled. Because of this, the routes eastwards out of the city centre are 4-digit A roads, which ended at the river. The A33, A3025 and B3040 ended at a junction between High St and Bernard Street, with the A335 and B3041 ended on the A3025 a bit further to the east. Along the edge of the docks, the B3039 ran - from the station to the Itchen Chain Ferry, where the A3025 ended. The B3038 headed north from the A3025, to end by the river in Northam (not where there's a bridge). The A33 took the High Street north, and the A3024 and A36 ended on it near the Civic Centre. The A3024 stopped at the Northam Bridge. The A35 skirted the city, like today, only not quite on the same route. The B3042 started at Central Station and headed, through Shirley, up the Romsey Road.

To the '60s

By 1935, the B3042 had long been A3057, and the A3024 had been extended to meet the A27 at Park Gate, following the removal of the Northam Bridge tolls in 1930. The '35 numbering revision brought about several changes - perhaps the biggest is that the Hamble had been bridged at Burseldon, so the A27 was rerouted to get closer to the east side of Southampton. The A334 was extended to the city on the old route of the A27, while the A3024 was truncated to end on the new route of the A27 at Bursledon. The A35 on the city side of the Test was renumbered A3067, except for the part of Burgess Road between Winchester Road (where the A3067 continued on it to get to the A33 and then multiplexing along it to meet Burgess Road again) and The Avenue, which was the B3057. The B3057 continued until the late 40s, where it became part of the A3067. The A35 returned to Swaythling in 1953, when Tebourba Way was built, forming a better road. In the 1940s, a gap was left between Southampton and Chilworth to allow a new build South Coast trunk road to be built.

Motorway Plans

In the 1960s and 70s ambitious motorway plans were progressed, with three spurs off the South Coast Trunk Road planned - the Nursling Link Motorway, which was built, the Portswood Link Motorway, which wasn't (though plans to built it continued well into the 1980s), although Thomas Lewis Way was built on its line and the Townhill Link Motorway, which was a short spur that some evidence does exist for on the ground, but no decent road was built on that corridor.


Current Routes

Route To Notes


The MIDLANDS, London, Winchester access either via A33 or A33, M271, M27


Airport, Fareham, Portsmouth Airport signed eastbound from j3 to j5


The WEST, Docks, Bournemouth Docks signed westbound from j8 to J3


The WEST, The MIDLANDS, London, Romsey, (M27, M3)


The WEST, Ringwood, Bournemouth Access via A33, M271, M27


The WEST, London, Winchester, (M271), (M27, M3) Dock Gates 10 & 20 Primary route starts at the Mayflower Roundabout


Salisbury Accessed via A33, M271, M27


North Baddersley, Romsey A27 forms a tangental/orbital road passing Southampton


Bursledon, Fareham A27 forms a tangental/orbital road passing Southampton


London, Winchester (M3)


Lyndhurst, Totton heads round the northern suburbs


Fawley, Hythe Via A33, A35


Hedge End, Botley


Airport, Eastleigh


Cadham from A36 at Totton to M27 j1


Fareham, Portsmouth, (M27) As signed from ring road


Woolston via Itchen Bridge


Links A33 at Southampton Common with the A3024 at Bitterne




Botley, Hedge End


West End, Botley from A27 at Basset. Former A27.


Hedge End from M27 j7


Shamrock Quay, Northam, Woolston alternative route


Ocean Village, Woolston via toll bridge Used to form the southern side of the ring road


Hamble from A3025 at Bursledon


The MIDLANDS, London, Winchester unsigned, uses M271, M27 and M3


East Cowes, Isle of Wight goes from Dock Gate 7 to East Cowes (A3021)


New York scheduled passenger cruise service by Cunard
Error: Southampton - New York does not exist

Former / Unbuilt Routes

Route To Notes


Salisbury Proposed number for former M27 spur at junction 2


Salisbury Now A36. Disputed number for former M27 spur at j2


now A35 round the north of Southampton


Terminus Terrace in the city centre


now A3035


Terminus Terrace


Romsey now A3057


Fawley, Hythe now A326 as far as Hythe


western part of Burgess Road


northern part of Wimpson Lane


London, Winchester (M3), Portsmouth, Fareham (M27), Airport Portswood Link Motorway


M27 once proposed Townhill Link Motorway, heading south from M27 junction 6, number not official.


London, Winchester took the then A33 up to London and ferry route to Europe.

Named Junctions

See main article Named Junctions in Southampton

Also see Chilworth Interchange, Hedge End Interchange, M271 J1, Ower Interchange, Redbridge Roundabout, Rownhams Interchange, Stoneham Interchange and Windhover Interchange

Dock Gates

Dock Gates are numbered entrances to the docks. They appear on road signs, and on some maps like junction numbers. Many dock gates are still gates, with restricted access.

Image Name Classified Road(s) Grid Reference More Info Map
Photo-required.png Dock Gate 1 Channel Way SU429111
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 2 Ocean Way SU427110
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 3 Neptune Way SU426110
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 4 Central Way SU423109
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 5 Cruise Ferry Terminal Car Park SU421109
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 6 Town Quay SU419109 Passenger ferries to Hythe and Cowes leave from here
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 7 Isle of Wight Ferry SU418110
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 8 Herbert Walker Avenue SU415112
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 10 Southern Way SU410118
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Photo-required.png Dock Gate 20 First Avenue SU379127
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Cycle Network

Southampton has a numbered cycle network. It is a network containing nine principal routes, with seven of these as radial routes, meeting at a central point, with two further orbital routes (or semi-orbital, as the river clearly prevents a full circuit).

These are categorised into two principle categories:

  • Freeways - where the cycle infrastructure is mainly segregated from pedestrian and motorised traffic and has priority at side roads and crossings
  • Cityways - where the cycle infrastructure, where possible will be segregated, with priority over minor roads.

Additional categories of Quietways and Parkways are to exist, but these will not form part of the principle network.

Route To Notes


Western (Millbrook Road) Freeway
Error: SCN1 does not exist


Nursling Cityway
Error: SCN2 does not exist


Shirley Road Freeway
Error: SCN3 does not exist


Rownhams Cityway
Error: SCN4 does not exist


Northern (The Avenue) Freeway
Error: SCN5 does not exist


Portswood Road Freeway
Error: SCN6 does not exist


River Itchen Cityway
Error: SCN7 does not exist


Bitterne and West End Cityway
Error: SCN8 does not exist


Sholing and Thornhill Cityway
Error: SCN9 does not exist


Burlesdon Road Freeway
Error: SCN10 does not exist


Eastern (Portsmouth Road) Freeway
Error: SCN11 does not exist


Weston Cityway
Error: SCN12 does not exist


Millbrook-Weston Cityway
Error: SCN13 does not exist


Redbridge-Woolston Cityway
Error: SCN14 does not exist


Allington Lane Roundabout • Bassett Crossroads • Batts Corner • Bevois Valley Interchange • Charlotte Place • Chilworth Interchange • Hedge End Interchange • Hollybrook Roundabout • Kanes Hill Roundabout • Lordshill Roundabout • Mayflower Roundabout • Memorial Roundabout (Southampton) • Millbrook Roundabout • Mitchell Way Roundabout • Mousehole Roundabout • Nursling Interchange • Ower Interchange • Ower Roundabout • Portswood Interchange • Redbridge Junction • Redbridge Roundabout (Southampton) • Romsey Road Roundabout • Rownhams Interchange • Six Dials • Stag Gates • Stoneham Interchange • Swaythling Interchange • Townhill Park Interchange • Western Terminal Interchange • Westfield Corner • Windhover Interchange • Windhover Roundabout
NCN2 • NCN23 • NCN236 • NCN288 • A27 • A33 • A35 • A36 • A36(M) • A326 • A334 • A335 • A336 • A3024 • A3025 • A3035 • A3057 • A3067 • A3120 • B3033 • B3035 • B3036 • B3038 • B3039 • B3040 (Central Southampton) • B3040 (Southampton Common - Bitterne) • B3041 (Southampton) • B3042 (Hampshire) • B3053 • B3057 (Southampton) • B3380 (Southampton) • B3397 • C20 (Southampton) • C68 (Southampton) • C69 (Southampton) • C74 (Southampton) • C351 (Southampton) • C500 (Southampton) • C501 (Southampton) • C502 (Southampton) • C503 (Southampton) • C504 (Southampton) • C505 (Southampton) • C506 (Southampton) • E1 (Old System) • E05 • M3 • M27 • M270 • M271 • M272 • T7 (Britain) • T37 (Britain) • T39 (Britain) • Townhill Link Motorway
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