Lake Road will be closed from Lake Road roundabout to Fratton Road junction from 8am, Tuesday 14 till Sunday 26 May.

This is to complete drainage works ahead of building a new tiger crossing (a zebra crossing with a cycle crossing alongside it, so people on foot and on bicycles can cross safely at the same time.) This is part of the planned improvements to make walking, cycling and bus travel safer and more appealing under the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit (SEHRT) project.

Diversions will be in place for people driving and cycling. Traffic exiting from Clarendon Street will be able to turn right onto Fratton Road junction and traffic exiting Turner Road will be able to exit left towards Fratton Road junction.

Bus services Stagecoach 23, First Bus 3 and 7theStar will follow a diversion route. Passengers are advised to allow extra journey time and check with bus operators for service details. Bus stops closest to Fratton Road junction will be closed, the nearest bus stops are on Hanway Road or outside St Mary’s Church.

The footpath will be open as normal for people travelling through the area or visiting the local schools and businesses.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport at Portsmouth City Council said:

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to journeys while the improvements take place and please be assured our contractors are working as efficiently as it is safe to do so.

“Portsmouth roads are reaching capacity, and the geography of our island means that there is a limit to what we can do to develop the road network. This is where improvements to walking, cycling and public transport can make a real positive difference to people’s lives, by helping to reduce the number of people choosing to travel by car and improving journey times for all.

“By the time all the SEHRT city centre schemes are completed in the summer, the improvements will make it simpler for people to choose healthier and safer ways to travel, whilst helping to reduce congestion.”

As these works involve multiple deep excavations, the road will remain closed at night as it will be unsafe to use.

Lake Road warning sign