Portsmouth church launching park-and-ride scheme in bid to tackle city’s congestion woes

Portsmouth College principal Steve Frampton, front left, with Dan Harman from City Life Church and members of the congregation 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151853-1)
Portsmouth College principal Steve Frampton, front left, with Dan Harman from City Life Church and members of the congregation 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151853-1)

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WORSHIPPERS have come up with an action plan to tackle Portsmouth’s road congestion problems – by introducing their own park-and-ride scheme.

City Life Church, in Tangier Road, Baffins, is going to start bussing in members of their congregation from two car parks at nearby Portsmouth College as pressure on local roads and demand for parking grows.

The venue, which attracts up to 300 people a week, also hopes to lure more visitors from outside the area who are sometimes put off because streets are jammed.

And the scheme – being supported by the college as it looks to work with more organisations in the community – has been given the thumbs-up by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt.

Ms Mordaunt, who is working on a transport plan for the city, says other groups should follow suit given the financial pressure on the city council to help improve the transport network.

City Life Church’s pastor Dan Harman said: ‘Parking is a massive problem in our city, and this will certainly help in the Baffins area on a Sunday to ease congestion.

Parking is a massive problem in our city, and this will certainly help in the Baffins area on a Sunday to ease congestion.

Pastor Dan Harman, of City Life Church

‘We are also a growing church; we have seen significant growth, particularly in the past few years.

‘We have had some feedback from people saying it can be difficult trying to find a space, which can be said for anywhere in Portsmouth.

‘What’s good is the fact we’re a registered charity and the college recognises we have city visions, they want to help us and we want to help them.

‘So I am very excited about working with the college.

Portsmouth College will be providing two buses and allow people to use a car park holding up to 60 spaces and an over-flow one to take the trip down.

The church’s park and ride is set to begin either later this month or the beginning of February.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I am very interested in this initiative and congratulate City Life Church on setting this up.

‘If we are going to tackle the congestion and parking problems in our city, we not only need major schemes, but community-based initiatives such as this. I look forward to seeing how they get on.’

The church is on the hunt for a team of volunteers to help run the park-and-ride scheme and be part of a hosting team that can greet guests.

Get in touch by calling the church on (023) 9269 4677 or email office@myclc.org.uk