Pedestrians in Portsmouth City Centre are set to benefit from a safer crossing point on Lake Road.

Work began on Tuesday 23 January and comes after residents approached the council about improving the site. 

Councillor Simon Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said. "This is a busy road for pedestrians and traffic travelling in and out of the city, so it is important that the new crossing serves all road users. We listened to residents and conducted a thorough road safety site review before we identified how the crossing could be improved."

The current island will be extended and widened, to provide a safer crossing point. Re-aligned kerbs and new road markings will guide pedestrians to cross at the crossing point, and an anti-skid surface will highlight the crossing area to drivers.

The Cornmill bus stop will be re-positioned and moved three metres east of its current location to improve visibility for both pedestrians and vehicles. 

The project will take four weeks to complete with work taking place from 9.30am to 3.30pm to avoid peak traffic times and minimise disruption. The road will be narrowed at times so drivers may experience some delays, but traffic will always be able to travel in both directions

During the work, the Cornmill bus stop will be closed and buses diverted to the bus stop outside McDonald's in Commercial Road. There will be a temporary crossing point in place on Lake Road.