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Walking: Fratton Bridge to the City Centre


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Contact:

Name: Project Management Office

Email: sehrt@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


Overview of the scheme

Transforming Cities Fund logoWith 24% of all journeys to work less than 1.2 miles, there is significant potential to increase the number of those who walk to work in the city. More people walking instead of driving means reduced congestion, better air quality and improved levels of fitness.

The proposals are an important part of Portsmouth’s Transport Strategy, which aims to encourage more people to walk; cycle and use public transport to make Portsmouth cleaner, greener and better connected.

Supporting the Transport Strategy is the draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). The LCWIP presents a network of key walking routes which will improve access to major employment sites across the city. You can find out more about these routes in the draft LCWIP. The Fratton to Guildhall walking route detailed here is among the top five key walking routes in the city.

This proposal includes improvements identified for LCWIP route sections 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4 & 27-1.

What is proposed and why

Improved footpaths with reduced crossing distances offer safer and more attractive walking routes, giving more priority to pedestrians. More people walking instead of driving means reduced congestion, better air quality and improved levels of fitness. This scheme will link with the improved Goldsmith Avenue cycle route.

Our proposal includes making the following improvements:

Our proposal includes making the following improvements:

  • Updating the crossing at Victoria Road North to be a traffic light crossing
  • Creating additional space for pedestrians and installing CCTV and more lighting along Sydenham Terrace
  • Adding a bi-directional cycle track along Sydenham Terrace
  • Add an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing at the junction between Sydenham Terrace and Canal Walk
  • Making the road closure on Canal Walk permanent
  • Improving crossings along Canal Walk at junctions with Bridgeside Close, Milford Road and Railway View
  • Improving pedestrian crossing the junction between East Surrey Street and Upper Arundel Street
  • Adding an uncontrolled crossing at George House junction with Somers Road
  • Improving pedestrian crossing at Carlisle Road junction with Somers Road
  • Adding a ‘build out’ and uncontrolled crossing on Greetham Street, next to the railway bridge
  • Adding an uncontrolled crossing at Isambard Brunel Road junction with Dugald Drummond Street

The proposals are an important part of Portsmouth’s Transport Strategy. Supporting the Transport Strategy is the emerging Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). This is an ambitious delivery plan that proposes significant investment over the next 10 years that looks to transform the city for both walking and cycling.

Have your say

Our consultation period for this scheme is now closed. It was open from 5 Dec 2021 to 9 January 2022, and the feedback we received will will help us decide where to make specific improvements to this route, and how best to implement these changes. This page will be updated with a link to the results when these are available.

Our next steps will be to collate and analyse the responses, before releasing a detailed plan for the area. This will then be taken to Portsmouth City Council for approval to proceed, then a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) will be applied for.

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