Portsmouth is the economic centre of the South East Hampshire region attracting people for work and leisure from Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight. But our roads are reaching capacity, and this is having a negative impact on productivity, economic growth and air quality. The region’s geography means that there is a limit to what we can do to improve the road network, so we need another solution. And this is where rapid transit comes in.
Rapid transit infrastructure and technology is designed to improve journey time and reliability.
A rapid transit network consists of busways (like the Eclipse in Gosport) or lanes that are dedicated to buses, and technology which gives priority to buses at junctions.
Rapid transit services and bus stop infrastructure are designed to reduce delays caused to passengers through slow boarding or leaving buses, or purchasing fares.
We will be introducing new and more direct routes.
The proposed rapid transit network will eventually serve 14 large development sites which will together deliver 17,750 new homes and 306,000 sqm of employment floor space – comprising 42% of new dwellings and over 72% of new employment floor space in the Portsmouth city region to 2036.
Rapid transit will improve access to employment and education opportunities, and increase GVA (measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area).
The project supports the delivery of the local plan development proposals across the region.
Rapid transit aims to combine the capacity and priority of a tram system with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system.
Cleaner and more environmentally friendly vehicles will reduce carbon emissions, improving air quality in our city and towns. All vehicles will be low-emission vehicles, and will meet the latest Euro 6 clean diesel emission standard with smart engine technology, which switches off the engine when the vehicle is stationary and uses energy from braking to charge on-board systems.
We aim to improve the total journey experience, including trips made by walking or cycling to the bus stop.
Routes will offer new connections and more direct journeys, reducing the need for car use.
Rapid transit services will connect with rail services, local bus services, walking, cycling and local waterborne transport.
Our aspiration is for one simple ticketing and billing system providing fare capping over the full range of transport services in the city region.
Industry-leading vehicles, modern payment systems, real time information and attractive waiting facilities and interchanges will improve the customer experience.