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City Centre North


Closing Date : 31/03/2023


Opening Date : 28/09/2020


Contact:

Name: Project Management Office

Email: sehrt@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


Overview of the scheme

This scheme proposes the introduction of a new road for buses and taxis so buses avoid getting caught in, and adding to, congestion in the city centre particularly along Marketway.

Marketway is located in an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and is within the Clean Air Zone boundary, as levels of NO2 in this area currently exceed legal limits. This scheme supports Portsmouth’s Air Quality Local Planand theLocal Transport Strategy by easing congestion and improving walking and cycling in this area.

Initial modelling has shown that once all schemes included in this phase are complete, passengers from Havant could save up to 5 and a half minutes on their journey, passengers from Leigh Park could save up to 11 minutes, passengers from Fareham could save up to 7 minutes and passengers from Waterlooville could save just over 5 minutes.

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What is proposed and why

Better bus journeys

This scheme proposes the introduction of a new bus-only access corridor, so buses avoid getting caught in, and adding to, congestion in the city centre particularly along Marketway.

This is a popular route for many bus and coach services travelling in and out of Portsmouth city centre and to the Hard Interchange, connecting with train and ferry services. The proposal would improve journey times for thousands of passengers using these routes and will get them even closer to the city centre shops.

To improve this area of the city we are proposing to:

  • Make a new lane for buses and taxis between Cascades Approach and Unicorn Road
  • Route outbound buses through a new lane for buses and taxis between Charlotte Street and Commercial Road North, east of Eden Street
  • Create an in-bound bus lane at Marketway to Unicorn Road
  • Install a new tiger crossing to the south of Unicorn Road (allowing people on foot and on bicycles to cross).
  • Improve the landscaping in the area to make it greener and more pleasant

All proposals are subject to consultation.

Consultation

Our consultation period for this scheme is now closed. It was open from 17 December 2021 to 31 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.

Next, we will 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. This is a legal tool to introduce most traffic management controls on roads and is used to regulate, restrict or prohibit the use of a road, or any part of the width of a road, by vehicle traffic or pedestrians. A TRO may take effect at all times, or during specified periods, and may not affect all classes of traffic. Find out more about TROs at our Portsmouth.gov.uk site.

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