In September 2018, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council were one of twelve city regions shortlisted to bid for a share of the Department for Transport's £1.28 billion Transforming Cities Fund, for public transport improvements across South East Hampshire. Working in partnership with Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council, the Portsmouth city region bid was successfully submitted to the Department for Transport on Thursday 28 November 2019.
Building on the success of the Star and Eclipse, the Hard Interchange and Portsmouth Park & Ride, the Transforming Cities Fund will enable the next phase of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network.
If the Portsmouth city region bid is successful, South East Hampshire Rapid Transit will deliver a multimodal travel system centred on a network of bus priority routes. Rapid transit services will link communities in Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and Isle of Wight with Portsmouth. You can find out more about the scheme by visiting the SEHRT website