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Collaborative work has been key to the successful delivery of Portsmouth's new transport interchange and could lead to further improvements to one of the city's main train stations.

Cllr Jim Fleming, Portsmouth City Council's cabinet member for Traffic & Transportation, has hailed the close work between the council and Network Rail during their separate projects at The Hard.

The council is currently in the final stages of building a £7m transport interchange on the site while at the same time Network Rail has invested £7m in maintaining the structure supporting the adjacent Portsmouth Harbour Station.

Cllr Fleming said: "We have spent two years working very closely with Network Rail and Southwest Trains to make sure our projects could be delivered side by side while minimising the impact on residents and disruption for those travelling through the area.

"It's been a collaborative approach with everyone keen to make this key gateway into the city as attractive as possible. As well as building a state-of-the-art new transport interchange we've also worked with Network Rail to improve the surfacing on part of their site.

"There have also been ongoing discussions about whether there could be improvements to the train station as well. That's a decision for Network Rail and Southwest Trains to make but a key theme throughout all of our conversations with them has been the desire to look at improving everything within that interchange site, for all modes of transport, and I'm hopeful they will continue to work towards this."

The Hard is hugely important to Portsmouth as a transport interchange. It is a site where bus, train and ferry services come together and for many people it is the first thing they see when arriving in the city.  The old interchange was not suitable for modern transport requirements and work began in Autumn 2015 to build a brand new interchange and redesign the site layout to make much better use of the space and make it safer for all people using the area. The concrete deck and supporting structure also needed maintenance work.  

Follow the link for more information on improvements to The Hard interchange.