Portsmouth City Council recommended applying for new powers to enforce moving traffic offences at a transport decision meeting on 10 August 2023. This is to help keep junctions clear and build a safer and better-connected transport network that works for the people that use it.
Public consultation on this proposal is now underway, and people across Portsmouth have until 29 September 2023 to submit their feedback.
The council is seeking feedback from people living and working across the city on several locations where the council could enforce moving traffic contraventions in the future. These include actions such as ignoring banned right or left turns, stopping on yellow box junctions, and driving through ‘No Entry’ signs, all of which are currently enforced by the police.
Having these powers will help the council to create safer, less congested roads, and would also mean police can focus on
As part of the application process to the Department for Transport (DfT), the council has monitored traffic across the network and identified several locations for the first phase, with more sites considered in future. These locations are based on where changes would most improve safety and the efficiency of the transport network.
These sites include banned left and right turns, and yellow box junctions at the following locations:
- St George’s Road and Park Road at the entrance to Gunwharf Quays
- The junction between Park Road and Anglesea Road
- The junction between Milton Road and Velder Avenue
- The junction between Anglesea Road and Bishop Crispian Way
- The entrance to the M275 slip road at Rudmore Roundabout
Launching today, the consultation includes an online survey, along with detailed information on the plans to help members of the community further understand the proposal. Feedback from the consultation will help the council identify any issues with the proposed locations, as well as for potential future locations.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“Extending the power to enforce moving traffic offences outside of London has been long awaited, especially when our police force faces mounting challenges. This consultation presents a crucial opportunity to reduce the burden on them and enhance road safety, and gives Portsmouth residents a chance to have their say on the plans. If we do decide to take this forward, I am keen to keep everyone informed and involved in the changes.”
These proposed changes are part of the council’s vision to transform how people travel within the city and create a safer, greener, and more connected transport network for everyone. The council will continue to work with residents and businesses on plans for any future sites, with public consultations to commence in due course.
The consultation is open for six weeks and closes on 29 September 2023. The online survey, along with further information can be found at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/trafficenforcement. If people need help completing the consultation, or would like to request a paper copy, they can call the council on 023 9261 6708.