As runners and spectators plan to travel to Portsmouth for the Great South Run on Sunday 20 October we are asking people taking part in the event to plan their journey and allow plenty of time.

The event, which starts and ends on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city. Event organisers recommend that runners arrive in the city by 8am to allow time to get to the start. Please travel by public transport to help keep the city moving over what is expected to be a very busy day.

Drivers should allow plenty of time as there will be extra vehicles on the road so delays are likely.


Parking in the area

Portsmouth residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home wherever possible and walk, cycle or use public transport to travel to the event or around the city on the day.

Parking will be suspended in certain areas of the seafront, including the D-Day and Pyramids car parks.

Event organisers have arranged event parking on Southsea Common at a charge of £10 per vehicle.

Please be aware that car parks around the seafront areas where road closures are in place will be inaccessible to vehicles during this time.

For city centre car park information including tariffs visit our Car Parks page.

For those who choose to cycle, a bike park will be available in the D-Day car park.


Road restrictions and closures

There will be a number of road restrictions and closures in place over the weekend to make way for the Great South Run events. These are listed via Traffic Regulation Order number 120. Bus services will also be affected over the weekend, and the public are advised to check with individual operators for revised timetables.

Road closures come into effect at 9am. Access to the seafront parking is not possible after this point.

There will be limited access to electric vehicle charge points over the weekend on roads and car parks affected by the closures and restrictions. Please check signs in your road for details. Find out which charge points will be affected.


Other means of transportation

Event-goers travelling from the west of Portsmouth can use the Gosport Ferry, which runs every 15 minutes from 5.30am until midnight and takes just 4 minutes to cross the harbour.

Park and Ride will be open, however drivers are reminded that there are limited spaces and these will be available on a first come, first served basis. If Park & Ride is full, please use an alternative car park in the city. These are listed on our Car Parks page


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