Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council have successfully submitted a stage 1 bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund for a mass transit scheme within the Portsmouth City region. This bid is part of an ambition to deliver sustainable communities, spread prosperity and increase productivity by improving connectivity between where people live and work through the delivery of a transformational mass transit network.

Portsmouth City Council was one of ten successful local authorities to be shortlisted to benefit from the government's Transforming Cities Fund. By progressing to the next stage of the funding process, Portsmouth, working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, will now have an opportunity to bid for a share of £1.28 billion to deliver this critical infrastructure for Portsmouth and the wider Solent area.

The Department for Transport released two waves of funding for the Transforming Cities Fund. First, there is an opportunity for the initial 10 shortlisted cities to bid for ‘quick wins’ - projects that can begin in the financial year 2018/19 and support the overall bid.

The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire City Region business cases were submitted on 4 January 2019, and can be found below. 

Read more on the national government page.