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An introduction...

Centred on a network of direct bus-priority routes, rapid transit aims to improve reliability and make it easier and quicker for people to travel in the area via public transport. Interchanging with local bus, train and waterborne services, rapid transit will transform the way we travel in South East Hampshire.

We submitted the Strategic Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport in November 2019. In the Budget 2020 announcement on Wednesday 11 March, funding was allocated from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to nine city regions. A funding decision has not yet been made on the Portsmouth city region bid. Instead, Portsmouth has been invited to bid for a share of £117million with Norwich and Stoke-on-Trent. We are currently awaiting the funding decision.

You can find out more about our plans by watching our short film, and visiting the various sections on this website.

Benefits at a glance

Journey Time

Rapid transit infrastructure and technology will improve journey time and reliability.


Rapid transit services will connect with other public transport networks.


The network will eventually serve 14 large development sites.


Combining the capacity of a tram system with the flexibility, and low cost of a bus system.



In September 2018, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council were one of 12 city regions shortlisted to bid for a share of the Department for Transport’s £1.28 billion Transforming Cities Fund for public transport improvements across South East Hampshire. Isle of Wight Council joined the partnership shortly afterwards.


Objectives of the Transforming Cities fund

  • Invest in new local transport infrastructure to boost productivity
  • Improve public and sustainable transport connectivity
  • Improve access to employment sites, enterprise zones, development sites, or an urban centre that offers particular growth/employment opportunities


The Transforming Cities Fund will enable the next phase of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network, over the four-year funding period.

The Department for Transport released two waves of funding for the Transforming Cities Fund. First, shortlisted cities could bid for ‘quick wins’ – projects that can begin in the financial year 2018/19 and support the overall bid. The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire bid was successful and received the full ask of £4 million of the initial fund.

From this ‘Tranche 1’ funding £2.6m will be spent on improving three main junctions in Portsmouth and Real Time Information installation at bus stops across Portsmouth, Havant and Waterlooville. A further £1.4m will be used to support the extension of the existing Eclipse bus route in Gosport.

The Portsmouth city region Strategic Outline Business Case, for ‘Tranche 2’ funding was submitted to the DfT in November 2019. A funding decision has not yet been made on the Portsmouth city region TCF bid. Instead, Portsmouth has been invited to bid for a share of £117 million with Norwich and Stoke-on-Trent, subject to full business case approval. We are currently awaiting the funding decision.

Meet the Team

Pam Turton

Assistant Director for Transport, Portsmouth City Council

In 2002 Pam joined Cambridgeshire County Council as a graduate trainee, and undertook a MSc in Transport from Imperial College. From there, she held a number of positions at Transport for London before joining Portsmouth City Council in 2009.

In her current role, Pam is responsible for Transport Planning and Policy, Road Safety and Active Travel, and Network Management. Pam is a Registered Public Health Practitioner, and is building on the progress made in Portsmouth to further develop the links between transport and public health to deliver improved health outcomes.

Pam is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO), and has overall responsibility for the Portsmouth, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Transforming Cities Fund bid.

Keith Willcox

Assistant Director for Transport, Hampshire County Council

Keith has over 35 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of the transport industry, working in a range of jobs in local government, consultancies and with a national transport operator. He has experience at a senior level in project management, business development, transport planning, passenger transport, stakeholder engagement and major scheme development and delivery.

In his current role he has responsibility for all transport activities within the department. These include the formulation of transport policies, the development and delivery of c£200m transport capital programme, the Highway Development Planning function and all passenger transport activities.

Keith works closely with the Department for Transport, Highways England, Network Rail, Transport for South East, LEPs, transport operators and other local authorities.

Colin Rowland

Director of Neighbourhoods, IoW Council

Colin has a strong track record and over 20 years’ experience at a senior level, managing a wide range of environmental services, and the delivery of strategic projects, in unitary, district and county councils. He is passionate about the delivery of projects and schemes that make a positive difference to the quality of neighbourhoods and provide measurable economic benefits.

With his experience of strategic projects, Colin has overall responsibility for delivering the Isle of Wight schemes as part of the SEHRT project.

The Board

Councillor Lynne Stagg

Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, Portsmouth City Council

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Councillor Rob Humby

Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Hampshire County CouncilExecutive Member for Environment and Transport, Hampshire County Council

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Cllr Ian Ward

Councillor Ian Ward

Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, Isle of Wight Council

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