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Southampton Central Station to St Mary's Stadium

Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1AL

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Introduction

  • The following information describes the route from Southampton Central Station to St Mary's Stadium.
  • The route leads along Western Esplanade, Havelock Road, Civic Centre Road, New Road, Old Northam Road (via the underpass), Northam Road and Melbourne Street.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 2km.
  • The route takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • The majority of paths along the route consist of tarmac and flagstone paving.
  • There is step-free access throughout this route.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; congested pathways, steep slopes and uneven surfaces.

Shuttle Bus Service

  • There is a shuttle bus service available between Southampton Central Station (south side Platform 4) and St Mary's Stadium.
  • There is also a shuttle bus service available between Terminal 2 at Southampton Town Quay (Ferry Port) and St Mary's Stadium.
  • The shuttle bus has sufficient space for wheelchair users.
  • The shuttle bus has a ramp available.
  • The ramp has a width of 85cm.
  • The gradient of the ramp varies.
  • The shuttle bus service begins 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to kick-off and runs for up to 45 minutes after the final whistle.
  • The shuttle bus runs every 10-15 minutes.
  • The shuttle bus is £3 for adults and £2 for children (return).
  • The shuttle bus service is available for both home and away fans.

Southampton Central Station

Southampton Central Station to Western Esplanade Crossing

  • Upon exiting the station, continue ahead along Western Esplanade.
  • After approximately 400 metres you will reach the Western Esplanade crossing point on your right.
  • There is a slight downwards ramp located immediately ahead after exiting the station.
  • There are steep uphill gradients in places along this section of the route.
  • The path surface consists of flagstone paving.
  • The path narrows in places to as little as 123cm due to road signs located on the path.
  • The path is mostly even.
  • There is directional signage to the stadium available in places along this section of the route.

Western Esplanade Crossing

  • This crossing has dropped kerbs and tactile paving available on both sides.
  • There is a central island at this crossing point with tactile paving.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are visual signals available at this crossing.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 100cm and 120cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Having crossed onto the central island, turn left and cross over Havelock Road.

Havelock Road Crossing

  • This crossing has dropped kerbs and tactile paving available on both sides.
  • There is a central island at this crossing point with tactile paving.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are visual signals available at this crossing, including on the central island.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 100cm and 120cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Having crossed bear right.

Civic Centre Road to Above Bar Street Crossing

  • Approximately 3 metres after crossing Havelock Road there is an access road crossing.
  • The access road crossing has dropped kerbs and tactile paving available on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Further along the path there are two more additional access road crossings.
  • These crossings are similar to the first and cross over the access road for the Civic Centre and West Marlands Road.
  • The crossing over West Marlands Road has a road surface consisting of block paving as opposed to tarmac.
  • Having crossed West Marlands Road, continue ahead along Civic Centre Road for the remaining 60 metres until reaching the Above Bar Street crossing point.
  • There are very slight gradients along this section of the route.
  • The path surface consists of flagstone paving, block paving and tarmac.
  • The path is mostly even.
  • There is directional signage located on the path in places along this section of the route.

Above Bar Street Crossing

  • This crossing has dropped kerbs and tactile paving available on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are visual signals available at this crossing.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 100cm and 120cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Having crossed bear right.

Above Bar Street Crossing to East Park Terrace Crossing

  • Continue ahead along New Road for approximately 210 metres towards the East Park Terrace Road crossing point.
  • There are slight gradients in places along this section of the route.
  • The path surface consists of flagstone paving and tarmac.
  • The path is uneven in places.
  • There is directional signage located on the path along this section of the route.
  • Approximately 35 metres after crossing over Above Bar Street, there is a crossing over Park Walk.
  • This crossing has dropped kerbs available on both sides.
  • This crossing has no tactile paving available.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is mostly even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are no visual signals available at the crossing.
  • Having crossed, bear right and continue ahead for the remaining 170 metres until reaching the East Park Terrace crossing.

East Park Terrace Crossing

  • This crossing point has dropped kerbs and tactile paving available on both sides.
  • There is a central island at this crossing point with tactile paving.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are visual signals available at this crossing including on the central island.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 100cm and 120cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Having crossed bear right.

East Park Terrace Crossing to Solent University Bus Stops

  • Continue ahead for approximately 160 metres towards the Solent University bus stops.
  • There are slight gradients in places along this section of the route.
  • The path surface consists of tarmac and concrete.
  • The path is uneven in places.
  • The path narrows in places due to road signs, trees and advertisement boards.
  • Approximately 70 metres after crossing East Park Terrace, there is an access road crossing.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs available on both sides.
  • The crossing has no tactile paving available.
  • The road surface consists of concrete and is uneven in places.
  • There are no visual signals available at the crossing.
  • Approximately 50 metres beyond the access road crossing, there is a second similar access road crossing.
  • Having crossed the second access road, continue ahead along New Road for the remaining 20 metres until reaching the Solent University bus stops.

Solent University Bus Stops to Old Northam Road via Underpass

  • Having reached the bus stops, continue ahead down the steep slope to the underpass.
  • The steep slope has a handrail on the right going down.
  • After approximately 30 metres and at the bottom of the slope, turn right and continue ahead through the underpass tunnel.
  • Having reached the end of the tunnel, turn left.
  • Continue ahead for approximately 50 metres before bearing left towards a second underpass tunnel.
  • There are slight and steep slopes in places on the route between the first and second underpass tunnels.
  • There is directional signage to the stadium located on the path between the two underpass tunnels.
  • Having reached the second underpass tunnel, continue ahead and through the tunnel.
  • At the end of the tunnel continue up the steep slope for approximately 30 metres towards Old Northam Road.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of flagstone paving.
  • The path is uneven in places.
  • There is a bollard in the centre of the path at the top of the slope leading up from the underpass.

Old Northam Road to Northam Road Crossing

  • Continue ahead along Old Northam Road towards the Northam Road crossing point.
  • This section of the route is mostly level.
  • The path surface consists of flagstone paving, block paving and tarmac.
  • The path surface is mostly even.
  • The path narrows in places due to road signs and bollards lining the route.
  • There is directional signage located in places along the route.
  • Approximately 6 metres after reaching Old Northam Road from the underpass, there is a car park access road crossing.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs available on both sides.
  • The crossing has no tactile paving available.
  • The road surface at the crossing consists of block paving and is even.
  • There are no visual signals available at the crossing.
  • Approximately 50 metres beyond the car park access road crossing, there is a second access road crossing.
  • The second crossing has dropped kerbs available on both sides with tactile paving.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • Approximately 70 metres beyond the second access road crossing, bear left onto Northam Road.
  • Once on Northam Road, continue ahead for the remaining 20 metres until reaching the Northam Road crossing point.

Northam Road Crossing

  • This crossing has dropped kerbs and tactile paving available on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The road surface is cambered.
  • There are no visual signals at this crossing.
  • Having crossed keep to the left and continue ahead.

Northam Road Crossing to the Railway Overpass/Footbridge

  • Continue ahead along Northam Road for approximately 170 metres, towards the railway overpass/footbridge.
  • There are slight and steep slopes in places along this section of the route.
  • The path surface consists of flagstone paving with occasional tactile paving.
  • The path surface is mostly even.
  • The path narrows to 123cm approximately 10 metres after crossing Northam Road, due to a traffic light signal post.
  • Approximately 90 metres beyond the traffic light signal post, the path bears right and down a steep slope.
  • Following this, the path bears back to the left and up a slight slope for approximately 50 metres.
  • This slope leads up to the railway overpass/footbridge.
  • The railway overpass/footbridge is located on the right hand side of the path.
  • Keep to the right on this section of the route as there is a steep slope.

Overpass/Footbridge to the Outer Concourse - Step-Free Access

  • Once on the railway overpass/footbridge, continue ahead for approximately 60 metres.
  • You will then reach a ramp leading down to the outer concourse, via Melbourne Street.
  • The railway overpass /footbridge has a tarmac surface and is mostly level.
  • The ramp has a long, slight, downwards gradient.
  • The ramp has 2 level landings available.
  • Having reached the bottom of the ramp, bear right.
  • Continue ahead across the car park for approximately 40 metres towards the outer concourse.
  • The path along this section of the route is mostly level.
  • The path surface consists of tarmac.

Overpass/Footbridge to the Outer Concourse - Stepped Access

  • Once on the railway overpass/footbridge, continue ahead for approximately 60 metres.
  • You will then reach the steps leading down to the outer concourse, via Melbourne Street.
  • The railway overpass /footbridge has a tarmac surface and is mostly level.
  • There are 15+ clearly marked steps with handrails on both sides leading down to Melbourne Street.
  • The steps are at a height of 15cm.
  • There are 2 level landings available on the staircase.
  • Having reached the bottom of the steps, continue ahead along Melbourne Street.
  • After approximately 100 metres (bearing left onto the path after 70 metres) you will reach the outer concourse.
  • The path along this section of the route is mostly level.
  • The path surface consists of tarmac and block paving.

Outer Concourse