Faster bus journeys are coming to Portsmouth City Centre with a new bus gate to be built on Charlotte Street.

Portsmouth City Council are continuing to deliver schemes designed to improve travelling by bus, walking and cycling across Portsmouth. Work on the new bus gate which is a short section of road only buses and bicycles can use, is due to start on Monday 5 February with planned completion in May 2024.

The bus gate between Charlotte Street and Commercial Road North, east of Eden Street will enable buses travelling out of the City Centre to avoid other vehicles and provide faster journey times to passengers.

To the install the bus gate, the current pedestrian-only zone will be replaced with a new road. There will also be new footways and crossings installed to make it safer to walk here and there will also be improvements to the street lighting.

The works on the road will be carried out during standard daytime working hours between 7.30am – 5pm with access maintained for loading vehicles. To minimise disruption, works on the footpaths will be carried out at night between the hours of 8pm – 6am, meaning that people can continue to access the Charlotte Street shops and cafes safely.

Since securing £56m in funding from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) in 2020, Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council have been working on improving bus infrastructure, walking, and cycling as part of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit (SEHRT) programme.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation at Portsmouth City Council said:

“As more people are choosing to travel by bus in and around the city, it’s important that we continue to invest in the infrastructure to provide the best journeys possible. This is going to be an exciting year for bus travel in Portsmouth with the launch of 24/7 bus services and faster journey routes through the City Centre funded through the Portsmouth Bus service Improvement Plan. ”

“Once complete, all of these improvements under the SEHRT project will work together to make it easier for people to get to and from Portsmouth and surrounding areas by bus, bike and walking. This will make it simpler for people to choose healthier ways to travel whilst helping to reduce congestion.”

Information on all the SEHRT works ongoing can be found at

Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council have jointly secured nearly £56 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund for new infrastructure to improve the way people travel around South-East Hampshire and on the island – either on foot, by bicycle or bus.

£25 million of this will be invested in nine schemes in Portsmouth over the next two to three years. These schemes include developing the road network to improve bus connectivity and people’s journeys to and from buses and improvements to walking and cycling.

The proposals are also an important part of Portsmouth’s Transport Strategy. Supporting the Transport Strategy is the emerging Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). This is an ambitious delivery plan that proposes significant investment over the next 10 years that looks to transform the city for both walking and cycling.

The funding will support 23 schemes across Hampshire to improve walking and cycling routes and is an important next step for the development of a rapid bus transit network for the area.