We understand that the UK leaving the EU is a complicated matter, and that Parliament hasn't made an official decision on the outcome yet. Until there is a legal agreement in place, we continue to make preparations with the Local Resilience Forum (LRF). This is to make sure we are ready if the UK exits the EU without a deal. 

For Portsmouth, our focus is to manage potential traffic congestion caused by extra checks at the port, and its effect on surrounding communities and roads. Plans are in place to ensure the smooth running of operations. We are working hard to ensure lorries are processed and directed quickly so roads are kept clear of congestion.

Further information on Exiting the EU, including passport renewals and the EU Settling Scheme, is available on Gov.Uk 

Guidance for all road users

Working with the LRF, we have set up a traffic management plan to deal with extra freight vehicles travelling to the port. This should reduce the impact on local roads in the area. To keep your journeys running smoothly when you travel in and around Portsmouth, there are a few things to note:

  • At certain times, we are expecting the M275 area of the city will be busier than normal so if you need to travel in this area, plan your journey and allow more time. 
  • For drivers' safety we will be reducing the speed limit to 40mph on part of the M275, for as long as needed. 
  • Vehicle signs on the motorway will direct lorries bound for the EU. All other vehicles including vehicle passengers for Brittany or Condor ferries should follow signs/routes as normal. 
  • The Park & Ride is open as normal and its route will not be affected. However, some journey times may change because of lorries using the bus lane on the M275. 
  • Plan your journey in advance, use different travel options where possible and leave extra time. 
  • Follow Portsmouth Roads on Twitter for daily updates and traffic news.  

Guidance for passengers and hauliers using the Portsmouth International Port

Portsmouth International Port is essential for transporting freight quickly to ports in northern France, Spain and the Channel Islands.

The Port is currently ready and able to handle additional trade. If there is a no-deal exit, we have a co-ordinated plan with LRF agencies to control the flow of commercial traffic.

In a no-deal situation, please can both passengers and hauliers follow these simple steps to prevent cancellations and delays to travel plans:

  • Only travel to the port if you have a valid booking on a sailing from Portsmouth.
  • Arrive on time, if you arrive too early this could cause congestion.
  • Check that you have made the necessary preparations to be able to drive in the EU in a no-deal scenario. More information is available on the  Gov.Uk website
  • Check that you have at least six months left on your passport from the expiry date if you are due to travel soon.
  • Check our Twitter account for the latest updates.

People travelling from Portsmouth International Port can find more information on what they will need to do on the port's website.

West Tipner

We have been working with the LRF to identify areas where hauliers travelling to the port can stop without congesting the M275. An area in West Tipner has been identified as a suitable location for a temporary, short-stay processing area.

We will check bookings at a designated point on the road side. For any checks that are expected to take longer, lorries will be directed to the temporary processing area at West Tipner. Further discussions can then take place without impacting on the traffic.

Work is also being done in Winchester to set up an area for holding freight vehicles going to Portsmouth International Port. It will be set up on a 5km stretch of the A31 dual carriageway, between Winchester and Alresford.

You can find our more information about the A31 checkpoint on Hampshire County Council's page.

Information for businesses

The Government provides information to support business, in preparation for leaving the EU. You can find a simple step by step guide on the EU Exit Business webpage, and more detailed information on the Gov.uk website.

You can get more local information from the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, including a handy checklist and updates.

Information is available from the Solent LEP website.

The council’s economic growth team can help with all kinds of business support enquiries, and can be contacted via email at invest@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or by calling 023 9268 8857.

The council also provides information for businesses including a regular business email update that you can sign up for and get all the latest updates.

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