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Improving access and managing parking capacity at busy times are the focus of alterations to the temporary seafront road closures.

Portsmouth City Council has identified important changes that are needed to the seafront road closures. The regular review process of the whole of the seafront looks at the changes in government guidance and whether any alterations are required to temporary road changes to respond to the needs of residents and businesses.

The Council has put in place a number of temporary changes within the city to create space for social distancing and safer travel. These are reviewed regularly to ensure they are in line with government guidance and operate well for residents and businesses.

It is important that as much of the temporary closure along the seafront roads remains in place so that people can safely social distance while cycling and walking. However, the latest review has shown the need to make some small adjustments to balance competing demands.

A section at the western end of Eastern Esplanade has been opened to allow access to Canoe Lake car park only. This helps to ease demand for parking on Eastern Parade where temporary pedestrian crossings have also been put in to assist people to safely crossing the road.

A short section to the eastern end of Clarence Esplanade will be re-opened from 4 July to allow access to the Blue Reef aquarium in preparation for their re-opening. This will also provide access to the overflow car park on the common in case this is needed to ease any congestion on nearby roads on busy days.

The on street parking spaces within these opened sections will also be available for use.

The entrance to the D-day museum car park has also been moved, ahead of time, in preparation for the arrival of the new landing craft tank exhibit which will be sited next to the D-Day Story Museum.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation said, “The temporary seafront road closure is an essential part of how we are managing safety along the seafront during the pandemic. We regularly review any changes we have made in the city and will make alterations, like adjusting the temporary road closures, based on the latest government guidance. ”

To provide feedback on any of the recent changes to roads please email

See a map of the seafront road closures.