Portsmouth is the economic centre of the South East Hampshire region attracting people for work and leisure from Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight. But our roads are reaching capacity, and this is having a negative impact on productivity, economic growth and air quality. The region’s geography means that there is a limit to what we can do to improve the road network, so we need another solution.
In 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 Transforming Cities Fund, for public transport improvements across South East Hampshire.
Building on the success of the Star, Eclipse, and the 23 and 700 services; the Hard Interchange and Portsmouth Park & Ride, the Transforming Cities Fund will enable the next phase of our plan.
Working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Isle of Wight Council and local transport operators, our vision is to develop a network of rapid transit routes, connecting communities in Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight with Portsmouth via improved public transport links.
We have prioritised 27 schemes which best achieve the Transforming Cities Fund objectives of improving connectivity and driving up productivity. 11 of these schemes are in Portsmouth, four of which are for walking and cycling improvements.
Together, these schemes comprise improvements for travel on foot, bike and by bus, and will build towards a future rapid transit network for the region.
Once funding has been announced, the schemes will be detailed on this page.
You can find out more about our plans to introduce a rapid transit network to South East Hampshire by visiting the website.