Public transport



Better connected

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

Portsmouth is the economic centre of the south east Hampshire region attracting people from Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight for work, education and leisure. However, our roads are reaching capacity, and this is having a negative impact on productivity, economic growth and air quality. We need cleaner and greener travel options.

How will we achieve this?

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

Enhanced Partnership for Portsmouth

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.

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