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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 bus-only access road 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 proposed 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.

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 bus-only corridor between Cascades Approach and Unicorn Road
  • Route outbound buses through a new bus-only corridor 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.

Have your say

Your views will help us decide where to make specific improvements to this route, and how best to implement these changes. Our consultation will be open for five weeks, from 17 Dec 2021 to 31 January 2022. We’re also looking for your views on the south of the city centre and Lake Road.

Take part in the survey

Our consultation closes at midnight on 31 January 2022.

The feedback you provide will be analysed and used to develop the final designs for improvements along these routes.

You can also join one of our online briefing sessions, where you’ll be able to watch a presentation about the changes and ask questions to project staff.

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