More than £5m of funding towards helping people travel around Portsmouth more easily is being put forward as part of the city’s budget proposals.
Portsmouth City Council’s administration’s plans for its capital budget, which can be used for one-off projects and statutory improvements, features a host of schemes to improve people’s journeys however they travel and continues the council’s work towards a cleaner, greener, better-connected city.
Proposed improvements for walking and cycling include the route into the city along Eastern Road, with the widening of a section of the shared path to the north of The Harvester, which has historically been an accident hot spot, ensuring this is a safer route.
Other cycling improvements will include improved parking for bikes selected through the council’s new cycle storage nomination tool, while investment in pedestrian crossings will make walking routes more accessible.
All road users will benefit from funds allocated to improvements to junctions and traffic signals to make them flow better for everyone while there will also be a specific focus on ensuring safer journeys to schools.
There are also proposals specifically to support people with disabilities by improving access on routes around the city and increasing the number of wheelchair accessible taxis in Portsmouth.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “These plans can ensure we continue making journeys around Portsmouth better for everyone, however they choose to travel. This funding will go beyond this financial year and we want to plan for our future, this is part of taking a longer-term view across all of our projects. Portsmouth is a compact city which brings both opportunities and constraints so it’s very important we make improvements wherever we can.”
The budget proposals will be considered at the council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 February and if accepted will then go to the Full Council meeting on 13 February for final approval.