The Lib Dem-led city council has successfully bid for funding to encourage more cycling and to open up areas to pedestrians
Portsmouth is receiving £214,515 from the government’s ‘COVID Emergency Transport Fund’ to make temporary improvements to road-ways in response to the pandemic.
Over the years, many local people and traders have asked if Castle Road in Southsea could be pedestrianised, opening it up to people both walking and cycling. Now this funding can make that happen.
The Palmerston Road South pedestrianised area has been extended, following consultation with residents and traders.
An experimental dedicated cycle-way is being introduced in Elm Grove. The City Council is consulting with local businesses and residents on these plans.
Research from across the country shows that small businesses benefit from increased footfall with these sorts of schemes. If these are successful, the infrastructure changes can be retained.