We apologise for the incorrect message on a road sign last night - this was due to a technical fault. Victorious Festival is definitely on today.
The busy bank holiday weekend is well and truly upon us and Victorious Festival is in full swing.
Getting into and around Portsmouth this weekend
If you are travelling in and around the city this weekend, please walk or cycle wherever possible, or make use of public transport services.
Organisers of the Victorious Festival are asking event goers to use public transport and the special services which have been arranged for the event, including a Victorious park and ride.
Starting from Lakeside North Harbour Car Park (PO6 3EN) the park and ride service will operate from 9am to midnight and costs £5 for adults and £3 for children. With buses running every eight minutes (every four minutes at peak times), it is the quickest and easiest way to reach the festival.
Gosport Ferry and the Hayling Ferry will also be running special festival services, and for those choosing to cycle a bike park will be available near Entrance C.
The Portsmouth Park & Ride will run extra services for the bank holiday weekend, extending its service to accommodate Victorious. Festival goers can use the Portsmouth Park & Ride to travel to the Hard Interchange, a 25 minute walk to the festival site, or with a Park & Ride + Hoverbus ticket can alight at Clarence Pier. The last bus will leave the Hard Interchange at a quarter past midnight.
Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "We are preparing for a very busy weekend, but are confident we can keep everyone moving. Hosting the Victorious Festival is great for the city. Encouraging people to use public transport or walk or cycle where possible will help keep cars off the road at this busy time, meaning everyone can enjoy all the festivities Portsmouth has to offer over the bank holiday."
Temporary late night road closures to help festival goers to leave safely
As Victorious finishes, temporary road closures will be in place around the site to enable tens of thousands of festival goers to leave safely on foot. Stewards from Victorious will be marshalling festival goers as they leave the site on their way home.
The road closures start from Burgoyne Road, Clarence Esplanade and South Parade to the East of the festival site, and run across to Southsea Terrace, Duisburg Way, Pier Road and Long Curtain Road to the west. All the residential streets that run from the seafront to Clarendon Road, as well as the residential streets that run from the seafront to Osborne Road, and then from Osborne Road to Kent Road, will also be closed.
Road closures will be in place from around 10:30pm to coincide with the end of the headline acts.
The road closures will be removed once it is safe to do so, which is expected to be by around midnight.
Anyone collecting friends or family members from Victorious this evening should arrange to use one of the designated pick-up points, which are at The Dell, just off South Parade to the east of the site, and at Victoria Avenue to the west.
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 Portsmouth Park & Ride and special timetable visit www.parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk. The My Journey Portsmouth website has a great 'real time' Travel Planner too, which is useful for planning journeys from A to B.
Advice for residents and 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 delays 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 the Portsmouth Park & Ride where possible
- Southsea Castle and Southsea Skatepark are inside the festival site and will only be accessible to ticket holders Friday-Sunday
- Southsea splash pool and beach volleyball courts are within the Victorious Festival site and will be closed from Thursday
- The volleyball court will reopen on Tuesday, and the splashpool on Tuesday afternoon.
- The festival has a dedicated, safe and secure, bike facility