Victorious visitors urged to hop on park-and-ride buses to music spectacle

Victorious Festival on Southsea Common last year

Victorious Festival on Southsea Common last year

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VISITORS are being advised to ditch their cars and use public transport, ride a bike or walk to Victorious Festival.

A special Victorious park-and-ride service will run from 1000 Lakeside North Harbour over the weekend.

We have a range of systems available to control traffic flow, however the biggest help is a reduction in the number of cars coming into the city during such a big event.

Council traffic and network manager Simon Brownlie

Buses will run from 9am to 1am on Saturday and Sunday and it costs £5 to leave your car behind.

The bus will stop at Clarence Pier, five minutes from the festival entrance. Portsmouth City Council says bus services will run every eight minutes and every four minutes at peak times, making it one of the quickest ways of getting there.

Council traffic and network manager Simon Brownlie said: ‘With extra staff over the weekend, the traffic management team will monitor a network of over 25 cameras, with the ability to change signalling to help manage traffic around the city.

‘We’ll be in close contact with the police and can notify them quickly if we spot any issues on the roads.

‘All routine and non-emergency works on the roads have also been suspended for the weekend.

‘We have a range of systems available to control traffic flow, however the biggest help is a reduction in the number of cars coming into the city during such a big event.

‘With the volume of traffic expected, significant congestion is likely to occur.

‘Our advice would be to use either park and ride service, or public transport where possible.’

Visitors are being advised to follow twitter feeds via 
@portsmouthtoday and 
@portsmouthroads for live traffic updates.

Parking will be suspended in certain areas of the seafront so the use of park-and-ride is encouraged.

Only Victorious ticket holders will be able to access attractions within the festival site.

These include, Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea Castle, D-Day Museum and Southsea Skatepark. A secure bike storage facility will be available.

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