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Victorious Festival goers are being encouraged to travel sustainably so everyone in Portsmouth can enjoy the bank holiday fun.

With an expected 120,000 people attending this year's Victorious Festival on Southsea seafront, from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August, and additional bank holiday visitors, Portsmouth is preparing itself for a busy few days.

Portsmouth City Council is advising visitors to plan their journey and use public transport, the park and ride service, ride a bike or walk to the festival site in order to avoid the expected delays caused by extra traffic on the roads.

Visitors travelling to the Victorious Festival are being encouraged to use the special Victorious park and ride service from Lakeside North Harbour Car Park (PO6 3EN). 

This service will operate from 3pm to midnight on Friday and 9am to midnight during the weekend and costs just £6 per vehicle. The bus will stop at Clarence Pier, a five minute walk from the festival entrance. With buses running every eight minutes (every four minutes at peak times), it will be one of the quickest and easiest ways to reach the festival. 

There will also be a Hayling Ferry shuttle bus service to help festival goers make use of the ferry service.

Portsmouth residents are also encouraged to leave their cars at home wherever possible and walk, ride or use public transport to travel round the city over this weekend.

Details on the best ways to get to and from the festival are available on the 'getting here' page of www.victoriousfestival.co.uk or people can plan their journeys on myjourneyportsmouth.com

Cllr Simon Bosher, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, said: "We're looking forward to a great bank holiday weekend and I hope everyone can support that by travelling sustainably and keeping the number of cars on the roads to a minimum.

"Our traffic team will be working hard to manage traffic flow but the biggest help is to reduce the number of cars coming into the city. Hopefully visitors and residents in the north of the city going to Victorious will take advantage of the dedicated park and ride, and I would encourage residents elsewhere in the city attending the festival to walk, cycle or use public transport wherever possible."

Advice for visitors:

  • Follow twitter feeds @portsmouthtoday and @portsmouthroads for live traffic updates
  • If you do have to drive please allow extra time for journeys, there will be extra vehicles on the road so significant delays and congestion  are likely
  • Parking will be suspended in certain areas of the seafront, including the D-Day and Pyramids car parks. Visitors coming into the city should try and use park and ride where possible
  • Southsea Castle and Southsea Skatepark are within the Victorious Festival site and will only be accessible to ticket holders on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Southsea splash pool and beach volleyball courts are within the Victorious Festival site and will be closed during the construction of the event from Friday, reopening on Tuesday after the site breakdown is complete
  • The festival has a dedicated, safe and secure, bike facility for people cycling to the event

For more information about the festival, the special Victorious Park and Ride service and other ways to get to and from the event visit www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

For general information on visiting Portsmouth go to www.visitportsmouth.co.uk and to find out about the usual Portsmouth Park and Ride service visit parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk