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
Buses need to be able to travel through this area with ease and without getting caught in, or causing, congestion. 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.
Our proposal includes:
- New bus-only corridor between Commercial Road North and Unicorn Road
- In-bound bus lane at Marketway to Cascades approach
- Outbound buses routed via Charlotte Street to Commercial Road North
- Improved walking and cycling routes
- New pedestrian crossing along Unicorn Road and Bishop Crispian Way
All proposals are subject to consultation.
Schemes are in the final stages of preliminary design. Once complete proposals will be presented to stakeholders for consultation, details of which will be provided here.