Overview of the scheme
Goldsmith Avenue is identified in the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) as one of Portsmouth’s key cycle routes, and is a significant section of the east to west corridor. These proposals build on the current cycle scheme on Goldsmith Avenue, extending from Fratton Bridge to the city centre via Sydenham Terrace and Canal Walk.
The proposals are an important part of Portsmouth’s Transport Strategy. Supporting the Transport Strategy is the draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. This is an ambitious delivery plan that proposes significant investment over the next 10 years and looks to transform the city for both walking and cycling. This phase of the Goldsmith Avenue route development is funded through the Transforming Cities Fund.
These proposals include improvements identified for LCWIP route sections 801-A, 801-B, 801-4 & 801-6.
What is proposed and why
We want to improve this route to make it more attractive for people to walk and cycle from the east of the island to the city centre, and beyond towards Portsmouth Harbour.
Although car and van use represent a high proportion of trips in Portsmouth, the distance travelled for journeys to work still remains low. With 24% of all journeys to work being less than 1.2 miles, there is great potential to increase the number of those walking and cycling in the city.
In 2019, we consulted on some plans to make some improvements, and these will be going ahead soon. They included signposting a quieter cycle route along Orchard Road, adding a new crossing outside the Lidl supermarket, improving the two-way cycle lane near Frensham Road and reconstructing the traffic island at Haslemere Road.
Our proposals focus on making this route safer and more appealing for people to cycle through Goldsmith Avenue, and include:
- Moving the existing cycle lane at Fratton Road roundabout to the front of the footway
- Improving the junction with Southern Railway Depot to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians
- Adding a loading bay for large vehicles outside the Rifle Club
- Improving the existing cycle lane on Goldsmith Avenue west of the Pompey Centre roundabout with physical cycle segregation
This section of the route will link in with the Fratton to Portsmouth Guildhall walking route
Our consultation period for this scheme is now closed. It was open from 6 Dec 2021 to 9 January 2022, and the feedback we received will help us decide where to make specific improvements to this route, and how best to implement these changes.
You can now view the results of this consultation at our Your City, Your Say website.
Next, we will collate and analyse the responses, before releasing a detailed plan for the area. A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) will be applied for and designs will be taken to Portsmouth City Council for approval to proceed. Find out more about TROs at our Portsmouth.gov.uk site.