Transport heritage is being preserved as Portsmouth City Council have refurbished and relocated a Grade II listed former tram shelter and will soon be doing the same with a one hundred year old former bus inspector’s kiosk.
According to Historic England, the tram shelter was built in the 1920’s and was originally located on the corner of Southsea Terrace and Western Parade. While the last tram ran in 1936 the shelter remained in this location until the 1980s when it was relocated to the seafront to act as a bus shelter in front of the aquarium (now Blue Reef). Sea and wind caused serious corrosion and a vehicle accident in 2016 resulted in the shelter being dismantled.
Colas have now rebuilt the shelter, which is one of the few surviving reminders of Portsmouth’s tramways, and it has now been relocated more appropriately near the original tram route in Queen Street.
Plans are now underway to refurbish a former bus inspectors kiosk which was discovered a couple of years ago in Hester Road where the council’s adoption service was based. It was originally based in Guildhall Square, which was a major bus route, and moved in the 1970s when the Civic Offices were built.
When the kiosk has been restored, it will be relocated to the city centre and used as a light refreshment kiosk. Subject to planning permission, the kiosk could be located in Station Street opposite Portsmouth and Southsea train station.
Cllr Steve Pitt, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: “I am pleased that we are able to give both the tram shelter and the bus inspectors kiosk a new lease of life in the city, preserving these historical structures for younger generations to enjoy.”
Find out more about the city’s history at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/leisure/museums-and-memorials/