Junction improvements at Elm Grove

We’re planning to improve the cycling lanes on Elm Grove at the junction with Grove Road North and Grove Road South. This is a popular route for people travelling by bicycle and in vehicles, and we need to make sure it is safe for all road users.

What are the planned improvements?

There are several improvements we’d like to make to this junction to make it safer for people cycling, and make journeys quicker and easier for people driving or walking in the area. These include:

  • New ‘orca’ wands to prevent vehicles from stopping in the cycle lane, like those recently added to Goldsmith Avenue.
  • New parking for bikes and motorcycles
  • Updated traffic lights to improve the flow of traffic
  • Extending the hours of the delivery bay outside the DEBRA charity shop to seven days a week. This means delivery vehicles will be able to load and unload here from 8am-8pm, and residents will be able to park here outside of these hours.

The proposed design will result in the removal of four on-street car parking spaces along Elm Grove, just east of Grove Road North. In response to feedback received from local businesses, we have actively sought ways to address this impact by exploring opportunities for additional car parking spaces. Through our efforts, we have successfully identified space for two extra car parking spots on Grove Road South. This means the overall loss of car parking spaces would be minimised to two.

Our proposals aim to meet the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and local businesses. If you have any suggestions regarding potential areas where parking spaces could be introduced to further mitigate the loss, we encourage you to share your thoughts with us.

Why are we making these changes?

There have been eleven casualties at this junction in the last five years, involving both people on bicycles and people on foot. Two of these were classified as serious incidents resulting in injuries.

Because of this, we need to make this area safer for everyone who travels through it. To do this, we’re planning on making several improvements to the junction. We aim to improve the safety of the cycle lane by adding wands to prevent vehicles from stopping in the cycle lane, like those recently added to Goldsmith Avenue.

We understand that this may affect any delivery vehicles collecting or delivering items to businesses on Elm Grove, so we’re contacting businesses to discuss this in more detail.

What are the next steps?

There will be a statutory consultation before the work begins, as part of a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). You’ll have 21 days from the date of this to make a representation either in support or against the plans. These representations will be included in a recommendations report that will go to Transport Cabinet Member Decision meeting to decide whether the work can go ahead. If you respond to this formal consultation, you will be made aware of the exact date and time this occurs.

We expect to start the road works in summer 2024. The work will last approximately three weeks with work taking place at different times, but any work involving heavy machines will begin from 9am. The contractors carrying out the work will try to keep any noise to a minimum and we appreciate your patience while this takes place. We’ll share more detailed information nearer the time.

If you have any further questions or comments, please email us at citytravel@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Design

You can view our design for improvement work in this area in the image below:

Diagram showing planned improvement works at junction with Elm Grove and Grove Road South