Portsmouth City Council has offered the government a site for a second walk-through coronavirus test centre in the city.
The proposed site – an unused warehouse in Northarbour Road, Cosham – would be convenient for people in the north of the city. There is already a local walk-through centre at the Eldon car park at the University of Portsmouth, in the south.
Local walk-through centres can be a convenient way to get tested, especially for residents without cars, because if people have coronavirus symptoms they are advised to avoid public transport.
The government’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will assess the proposed site and decide whether to run a centre there.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “It’s important we have as many opportunities for people to be tested in the city as possible, so I’m very pleased we’ve been able to offer this site in Cosham.”
The regional drive-through test centre has moved from Tipner, in Portsmouth, to Southampton airport. The Tipner location was temporary, as the site is needed for managing traffic heading to Portsmouth International Port after the end of the Brexit transition period.