Tour takes to the city’s streets to try to tackle worst traffic troubles

Traffic waiting for the lights at the Velder Avenue Milton Road junction in Portsmouth,
Traffic waiting for the lights at the Velder Avenue Milton Road junction in Portsmouth,
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PEOPLE who complained about road problems got a chance to have their say on a tour of the city with the councillor responsible for transport.

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, the city’s leader for transport, led yesterday’s event, visiting hotspots members of the public believe should be improved.

He was joined by the council’s transport officer Barry Rawlings, and the residents themselves, who had told Cllr Fazackarley about their concerns.

The group visited four sites, and were able to ask about three others, where they hope the council can work.

He said: ‘It’s a chance to meet people, find out their concerns and discuss how we can help. In some cases, we were already aware of issues, and in others we will look into what can be done.’

The council will spend £2m on road and junction improvements in the next year. It has 24 projects in mind, though as it estimates all 24 will cost a total of £2.6m, some will be carried out in 2012-13.

Scott Morgan, of Kirby Road, North End, one of the members of the public who went on the tour, said: ‘It was a good idea. We visited sites and were able to show what the issues were. It was good to hear the council has plans for so many, and is working on improving transport.’