The M275 is the major route providing access to the heart of the city. The M275 suffers significant congestion, the road network within the city centre creates a poor quality environment.
It is not ideal for any road user, creates barriers which make it difficult to access several parts of the centre, and subdivides major parcels of land.
Major growth is planned for the city centre, however this is based on delivering this road project. Without it there will be insufficient capacity in the network to support growth with land that could be developed remaining fragmented.
A new road layout will offer an ideal opportunity to improve the area for all road users but particularly to increase public transport priority, create routes that bring pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers into the heart of Commercial Road. It could also improve the connectivity of the city centre, allowing easy access to the whole centre and opening up a number of sites for development.
Creating a high quality and safe environment that should increase the appeal of the area as a place to invest, work, live and spend leisure time.
Portsmouth is seeking a transformational change to the city centre to enable it to perform a pivotal role in delivering the growth and increased productivity that the city needs to achieve. The proposed scheme will use the investment in the infrastructure as a catalyst for securing jobs, homes and a sustainable future for the city.