As runners and spectators plan to travel to Portsmouth for the Great South Run on Sunday 21 October, Portsmouth City Council urges those 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 runners should aim to arrive in the city by 8am to allow time to get to the start, and we are encouraging event goers to travel by public transport to help keep the city moving over what is expected to be a very busy day.

The special event Park & Ride which has operated previously will not be running this year. The regular Sunday Portsmouth Park & Ride service will still be operating, and is ideal for spectators.  Between 9am and 1pm, when the road closures are in place, the Park & Ride will run to the city centre only (using stand F at Commercial Road South) and then to the Hard Interchange after the road closures have been lifted.  The last bus leaves The Hard Interchange at 6pm and the city centre at 6.04pm.

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 round the city on the day. For those choosing to cycle a bike park will be available in the D-Day car park. 

Event goers travelling from the west of Portsmouth can take advantage of the Gosport Ferry, which runs every 15 minutes from 5.30am until midnight and takes just 4 minutes to cross the harbour. A special 'peak service' is running between 8.30am until 4pm with a ferry every 7.5 minutes.

Those planning to drive to the event should allow plenty of time as there will be extra vehicles on the road so delays are likely. Event organisers have arranged event parking on Southsea Common at a charge of £10 per vehicle. City centre car parks are listed on our website

The main car parks that are accessible after the road closure are:

  1. Portsmouth Market Way car park, PO1 4AH
  2. Cascades, Charlotte St, Portsmouth PO1 4RS
  3. Crasswell Street, Portsmouth PO1 1RS 

Once parked visitors should allow up to 30 minutes to walk to the event start. 

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said. "We are looking forward to hosting another successful Great South Run. To help make sure everyone enjoys the weekend we want to encourage event goers to allow extra time for travel and plan their journey. Road closures will mean that access to the seafront will be difficult at times, so we are advising visitors use public transport to get to the city centre and continue the rest of the short journey on foot."

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 on our website here: Bus services will also be affected over the weekend, and the public are advised to check with individual operators for revised timetables.

Advice for event goers:

  • For Great South Run event information visit
  • For information on the regular Park and Ride service visit
  • Follow @portsmouthroads on twitter for live traffic updates
  • For city centre car parks information including tariffs visit  and search 'car parks'
  • Parking will be suspended in certain areas of the seafront, including the D-Day and Pyramids car parks.
  • There are planned engineering works on some train lines. Check before you travel