In a stride towards safer and more accessible walking and wheeling routes, work is set to start on a second tiger crossing - a segregated crossing for people on bikes and on foot - for Portsmouth, enhancing pedestrian and cyclist safety along this vital route connecting the east of Portsmouth to the city centre.

Portsmouth City Council’s work to continue creating better cycle routes and crossing locations for people walking is set to see the start of the next phase of work with the creation of another tiger crossing.

Work will start on Victoria Road North on 23 October with the removal of the pedestrian crossing island near to the Jami mosque, and all the work in this location will take approximately five weeks to complete. People on foot will still be able to cross while the work takes place, by following a signed pedestrian route.

This initiative follows the recent improvements to the cycling route along Goldsmith Avenue, and the forthcoming creation of a new crossing near Lidl. Following the completion of these phases, the next area earmarked for improvements will extend from the western end of Bradford Road to the junction where Rivers Street converges with the Somerstown Community Hub.

People travelling through the area are encouraged to plan their journey during the road works. Signs will be prominently displayed on street with road work information. The majority of roadworks will occur during daytime hours between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. An overnight road closure of Victoria Road North, from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, is scheduled for , with diversions in place to ensure minimal disruption.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The continued work to enhance the cycling and pedestrian route from Milton to the city centre is an essential part of our commitment to make Portsmouth safer, more enjoyable, and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. While we understand that the roadworks may present some temporary inconveniences, the long-term benefits they offer our city, and future generations, are undeniable.”

For more information about the East West Corridor project, please visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/east-west-corridor