We’re investing into Portsmouth’s transport network to help ensure everyone can get to where they need to go safely and reliably.
We asked to hear from you about our plan to improve safety and create a greener, more connected transport system that meets our community’s needs.
The survey was open from 18 August to 29 September 2023, and we’ll share results once the responses have been analysed.
These proposed changes are a part of our vision to transform how we travel within our city and the wider region.
The UK Government has granted powers to make moving traffic enforcement (under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004) available to local authorities outside London.
Having these enforcement powers enable councils to better manage locations where motorists perform dangerous and/or illegal moves, commonly referred to as moving traffic contraventions. It would also mean the Police, who currently enforce these restrictions, can focus their policing priorities elsewhere.
We’re applying for these powers to enforce moving vehicle contraventions such as yellow boxes, banned turns and other traffic restrictions.
Moving traffic enforcement will help us:
- Reduce congestion and idling traffic, contributing to poor air quality
- Improve road safety
- Make way for more people to walk, cycle, and wheel throughout the city
- Keep traffic moving, making journey times more reliable
- Reduce delays on public transport services
What are examples of moving traffic offences?
The offences where we have applied to the Department for Transport (DfT) for powers to enforce include:
- Yellow box – when vehicles stop on the yellow crisscross lines usually painted at junctions and roundabouts. This space is to be kept clear to allow traffic to flow and keep space free for emergency vehicles. Blocking these can cause delays and build-up of traffic and make junctions unsafe for people crossing the road.
- Banned left or right turns – when a driver ignores signs telling them which direction they should take. Ignoring these can be dangerous and could result in a traffic collision.
- Driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited, such as in pedestrianised areas or on timed road closures.
- Driving on routes that are only for buses, cyclists, and taxis to use.
If we are successful in obtaining the powers, some responsibilities, such as traffic speed enforcement, would remain with the police.
The police could also continue to use cameras and other means to enforce moving traffic restrictions if required, including those enforced by the council’s cameras.
We are already able to enforce parking restrictions, school keep clear zones, and the use of bus lanes.
Where are we proposing the moving traffic enforcement?
Our first step is to apply to the government for the powers to enforce these important highway restrictions and prohibitions. If they are granted, we will be able to use the powers across the city in from 2024.
The moving traffic enforcement will be introduced at five sites across Portsmouth city centre, based on where changes would most improve safety and efficiency of the transport network. These sites include banned left and right turns, and yellow box junctions at the following sites:
- St George’s Road and Park Road at the entrance to Gunwharf Quays – banned turns and yellow box junction
- The junction between Park Road and Anglesea Road – banned turn and yellow box junction
- The junction between Milton Road and Velder Avenue – banned turn and yellow box junction
- The junction between Anglesea Road and Bishop Crispian Way – banned turn and yellow box junction
- The entrance to the M275 slip road at Rudmore Roundabout – yellow box junction
You can see a map of these locations below:
How will it work?
Vehicles that don’t follow traffic rules put all road users at risk, especially people who walk and cycle.
As part of our plans, we will use smart cameras to identify vehicles not complying with the road rules across Portsmouth. Currently only the police can monitor and enforce incidents.
The cameras will capture the Vehicle Registration Number, so we can issue the driver with a fine or Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
There will be a warning period when enforcement first starts so residents and road users understand the new system.
Once the warning period is over, motorists who do not follow the road rules will be fined.
In line with legislation, any income from the PCNs issued to motorists who don’t comply with the rules will be reinvested back into our streets.
It can only be used for projects that improve road safety, public transport, increase active and sustainable travel, or help delivery of the enforcement program.
Before applying for these powers, we asked to hear from you. We consulted on the proposed changes for a six-week period from 18 August 2023 to 29 September 2023.
Your feedback will help us understand any issues with the locations chosen, inform any changes to the proposals and help to shape our next steps.
During the consultation period, we engaged with emergency services, local councillors, and other key stakeholders such as community groups, and special interest groups such as cycling and accessibility organisations.