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Residents’ safety as they travel during the pandemic is the focus of temporary changes that continue to be put in across Portsmouth. The most recent temporary additions are two signal-controlled crossings to be located on Eastern Parade.

This temporary change creates safe crossing points especially at a time when more people are walking to the seafront, to access road closures on the seafront roads. These closures have been put in to create space for social distancing in this busy location.

The temporary crossings are located between Helena Road and Bruce Road, and between Burbidge Grove and Brading Avenue, to help vulnerable people cross the road. Some car parking will be suspended as required for this type of crossing, this means drivers can see people about to cross and approaching the crossing. Canoe Lake car park will be opened to compensate for the loss of car parking spaces on Eastern parade. This will mean the seafront road closure will be altered slightly so that people can access the car park. Work will start to install the crossings on 29 June and they will be operational as soon as the work is complete.

These measures are being introduced as more people are walking and cycling and to be awarded government funding we must act swiftly.

However it is important that if anyone has any concerns they let the council know as these temporary changes in response to the pandemic are being monitored to make sure they work well for businesses and residents.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation said: “It is important we do all we can during the pandemic to keep people safe as they travel and this is one of many changes that are taking place, including making additional space where it is available on our high streets, creating additional cycling space in the city center that connects our current cycle routes. There is more to do and I look forward to sharing this with you soon.”