Portsmouth City Council is working together with Colas to carry out road safety improvements at 12 high cycle casualty junctions that meet with the A2047, also known as Fratton Road/Kingston Road/London Road from Tuesday 18 April 2017.
This road is the highest cycle casualty road in Portsmouth, with four times as many cycle casualties per mile than the rest of Portsmouth's main 30mph road network*.
Colas will be installing raised tables at five of the 12 junctions to help to slow traffic. This allows drivers more time to see cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles approaching. It will also provide an improved crossing point for pedestrians at these junctions.
The five roads affected by closures are:
• Powerscourt Road
• Clydebank Road
• Queens Road
• Washington Road
• Stamford Road
The work will begin on Tuesday 18 April 2017 and will be completed one junction at a time in a rolling programme to limit the impact on traffic. The A2047 (Fratton Road/Kingston Road/London Road) will remain open to traffic in both directions.
Each junction will be closed to traffic for up to two weeks and signed diversions will be in place via the nearest suitable junction. There will still be pedestrian access with signed routes around the work although the pavement may be narrow in places. Some parking bays may be suspended for up to two weeks on the A2047 but will reopen as soon as the work on that junction is complete. Letters have been sent to local residents and businesses to advise them of the specific dates for the junction near them.
In addition 11 junctions will be temporarily closed for short periods overnight to allow surfacing and line markings to be installed. This work will involve minimal noise or disruption and should be completed in four nights. The roads affected are the five listed above, and:
• Mayfield Road
• Laburnum Grove
• Newcome Road
• Penhale Road
• Lucknow Street
• Halfords entrance
Chichester Road will also have road markings at the junction but this work does not require any closures.
Councillor Jim Fleming, cabinet member for Traffic & Transportation at Portsmouth City Council, said: "I am delighted that we are putting measures in place to try and make it safer for cyclists on this stretch of road. I want to encourage more people to cycle instead of driving and this is one way of moving towards a more cyclist friendly city. We apologise for the temporary inconvenience this will cause some residents and businesses but hope you will see the safety benefits when the work is complete."