Portsmouth city centre road consultation to launch next week


Portsmouth residents and businesses will be able to have their say on plans for a new city centre road layout when they’re unveiled next week.

The Portsmouth City Council-led proposals will realign the main route from the M275 to allow easy access to the whole of the city centre, and open up a number of sites for future development.

The plans will also make it easier to get to and from different parts of the city centre, improve the area for everyone, and make it a nicer place to work, live, and visit.

The plans will be available from 18th October on the Portsmouth City Council website, along with details of how to give feedback. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 1st November, and anyone without internet access can see the proposals in the Civic Offices reception or any Portsmouth library.

Public information sessions, providing the opportunity to talk to people involved in developing the plans, will be held in Cascades Shopping Centre, near the entrance to TK Maxx, from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st October.

There will also be information displays in the Civic Offices reception and the café area of 1000 Lakeside at North Harbour.

Councillor Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council and Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration, and Economic Development, said: “Redeveloping the city centre road is one of our top priorities and I'm delighted plans are progressing. As well as improving things for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport, a new route will help facilitate future development of sites by improving access.

“It will also help reconnect parts of the city centre that are currently separated by busy roads and generally allow us to make it a nicer place to live, work, and visit. It will be great to give people the opportunity to see the plans and let us know what they think."

The information gained from the consultation will be used to inform a planning application and, once it is submitted, the public will have the chance to comment on it as part of the usual process.

Information on the project is available at portsmouth.gov.uk/citycentreroad — alternatively, email citycentreroad@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 02392 834 584.