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City Centre South

Closing Date : 31/03/2024

Opening Date : 28/09/2020


Name: Project Management Office


Overview of the scheme

The City Centre South scheme includes the southern end of Commercial Road, Station Street and Isambard Brunel Road. This is a busy area with large numbers of people and traffic, and buses currently tend to be held up. We’re planning to update the road to make it easier for people to walk here and reduce bus congestion.

These proposals would provide benefits for active travel and public transport and support Portsmouth’s Local Transport Strategy and draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).


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What is proposed and why

This scheme includes the southern end of Commercial Road and Isambard Brunel Road. This is a busy area, with lots of traffic and large numbers of people.

We are looking to improve the area for pedestrians and cyclists. Surrounding footpaths will also be improved to link with the Fratton to Portsmouth Guildhall walking route.

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

  • Widen the road layout on Isambard Brunel Road to allow a two-way traffic flow, which will help to reduce congestion.
  • Add a new controlled pedestrian crossing on Isambard Brunel Road near Guildhall Square, this will help to make this area safer for pedestrians to cross.
  • Replace the mini roundabout with a crossroad traffic light junction. This will include controlled pedestrian crossings and will help to make this area safer for people to cross on foot.


Our consultation was open from 17 December 2021 to 31 January 2022. The feedback we received helped us decide where to make specific improvements to this route, and how best to implement these changes. You can see the results of this consultation here.

A formal consultation for the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for the proposed loading bay started on Friday 23 June for 21 days (closing date for receipt of representations is Friday 14 July).

More information on the Portsmouth City Council (on-street parking places and restrictions on waiting and loading) (Isambard Brunel Road) (no.88) order 2023 can be found hereĀ 

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 site.

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