Visitors set to enjoy convenient, affordable and a greener travel option for summer events on Southsea Common.

Portsmouth City Council is delighted to announce the return of the Southsea Park and Ride service operating at weekends this Summer (PR3) from 29 June to 1 September. In addition, this service will be operational every 15 minutes for visitors to Armed Forces Day celebrations on Saturday, 8 June 2024. This summer service will complement the daily PR1 service, used by both commuters and visitors, running every 15 minutes to the Hard Interchange and City centre.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a hassle-free parking experience and quicker journey as they make their way to the exciting line-up of events on Southsea Common including Armed Forces Day, Race for Life events and Southsea Food Festival.
The council is funding the Southsea Park and Ride this summer to reduce congestion, provide a greener travel option to the seafront, and offer more affordable and convenient journey for visitors. The service aims to enhance the visitor experience while supporting the city’s sustainability goals.

The Park and Ride facility is conveniently located just off Junction 1 of the M275. Buses will operate every 30 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holiday Monday from 29 June to 1 September 2024. Additional services every 15 minutes will be put on for Armed Forces Day on 8 June and the Kite Festival on 27 and 28 July. The first bus departs at 9.35 am, with the last bus returning from the D-Day Story bus stop at 7.35pm. The car park is opens 30 minutes before the first park and ride service of the day and 30 minutes after the last service.

Tickets are priced at just £4 for up to five people in a vehicle, offering exceptional value. Passengers can enjoy unlimited travel on the bus throughout the day, making it easy to hop on and off as needed to fully explore Southsea’s events and attractions. Anyone using the park and ride more frequently for visiting and commuting can also benefit from cheaper flexi pass tickets that cost as little as £2 a day.

Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines or via the RingGo app by selecting car park 1398. This app can be downloaded from Apple App Store or get it on Google Play.

Cllr Peter Candlish, Cabinet Member for Transport, said “The Park and Ride service offers visitors a seamless way to enjoy Southsea’s vibrant events, attractions, and beautiful seafront without the hassle of traffic and parking. By choosing this convenient travel option, visitors not only save time but also contribute to reducing air pollution and easing congestion in our city.”

This initiative highlights Portsmouth City Council’s commitment to creating a more sustainable and enjoyable city environment. Whether you are heading to a vibrant event on Southsea Common or exploring the beautiful seafront, the Park and Ride service offers a stress-free and eco-friendly travel option.

For more information on the Southsea Park and Ride service, including schedules and fare details, please visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/parkandride