Public transport



Better connected

Through an integrated network of rapid and reliable public transport we are committed to making public transport the greener, better connected and an easy way to travel in our city, and beyond.

We have reacted quickly to the launch of the government’s new national bus strategy by producing Portsmouth’s ambitious Bus Service Improvement Plan. The plan sets out the improvements that are needed to transform bus services in Portsmouth as well as being a bidding document which will support the council in accessing part of the £3 billion funding, available to local authorities, through the government’s national bus strategy.

Bus Improvement Plan

The Bus Service Improvement Plan has been approved at Cabinet on 26 July 2021 and was submitted to the Department for Transport by 31 October 2021. The plan has been developed collaboratively with First Bus and Stagecoach, whilst also ensuring local priorities for the bus service are considered through engagement with the local community. This has included a city-wide survey with over 1,100 responses, engagement with user groups and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders.

The plan aims to create more frequent and reliable services on a better fleet of buses, improve the integration with other ways of travelling, develop ticketing options to make travel simpler, and provide more accessible information for passengers and those considering taking the bus. Examples of the changes needed include buses running from 4.30am to 11pm to benefit shift workers, buses operating until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays to support the night-time economy, and additional services operating in parts of the city that don’t currently have a bus service or have a poor one.

Improvements will be measured by targets for journey times, reliability of services, passenger numbers and passenger satisfaction. The document will be reviewed annually to ensure it reflects the changing needs of the city as the council strives to achieve its vision to become a greener city with excellent air quality and easy travel.

Enhanced Partnership for Portsmouth

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The Enhanced Partnership is a key part of the National Bus Strategy for England published in March 2021. The Enhanced Partnership for Portsmouth will see Portsmouth City Council and local bus operators working together to increase bus use across the city and improve the quality of life of residents and visitors.

The Enhanced Partnership provides an opportunity for buses to support City Council objectives for health, economy, air quality and access to employment, education and training. It supports the Imagine Portsmouth objectives of a green city with excellent air quality and easy travel.

For more information read the June 2021 cabinet report and notice of intent.

South East Hampshire Rapid Transit

Working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Isle of Wight Council and local transport operators, we are delivering a programme called South East Hampshire Rapid Transit. Through a network of bus priority routes, direct rapid transit services will reduce journey times for those travelling into the city by bus.

In September 2020 the Portsmouth city region was successfully awarded just under £56 million from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). Part of this investment will fund the next phase of South East Hampshire Rapid Transit, while supporting a number of active travel schemes across the region.

Portsmouth City Council is focussing its £26 million share of the investment on bus priority measures across the city to reduce journey times and improve reliability of services, making travelling by bus an even more attractive option.

Projects address congestion pinch points on key bus routes along Lake Road, Southampton Road, in the city centre, at Rudmore roundabout and Portsbridge area junctions

Find out more about these schemes