Call for two busy Portsmouth streets to be made one-way

Gerald Williams, who is looking for support to turn Wingfield Street and Nelson Road in Portsmouth  into one-way roads Picture: Malcolm Wells (150805-9659)
Gerald Williams, who is looking for support to turn Wingfield Street and Nelson Road in Portsmouth into one-way roads Picture: Malcolm Wells (150805-9659)
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  • Pensioner calls for two busy Portsmouth streets to be made one-way
  • Gerald Williams believes new system would make the area safer
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BOTTLENECKS and traffic congestion have prompted a pensioner to call for a one-way traffic system around his neighbourhood’s roads.

Gerald Williams, 77, has survived cancer and only leaves his flat in the Copperfield House block in Wingfield Street, Buckland, in a wheelchair.

A one-way system would ease the congestion by 100 per cent

Gerald Williams

But Mr Williams says he knows a problem when he sees one and believes his street and Nelson Road should be made one-way to make the area safer and ease congestion.

He said: ‘It’s a rat-run.

‘It’s an absolute bottleneck there especially at school time.

‘Sometimes I can see a queue halfway along Wingfield Street.’

Mr Williams said the roads in question, which are close to the Church Street roundabout where the A3/M275 reaches the city centre, were too narrow to cater for two-way traffic.

He said he wanted to start a petition to present to Portsmouth City Council to ask for the changes, but needed help to get it together.

Mr Williams said: ‘I would like some help with getting the wording right, and two or three volunteers who could help take the petition around and get people to sign it and put it in some shops.

‘We are going to push it along and see if we can get it done.’

Mr Williams said the roads were often used as shortcuts by drivers to get into parts of the city from the M275.

He said Wingfield Street should be north-to-south traffic only and Nelson Road should be south-to-north.

‘It would make the road safer for people who live here,’ Mr Williams said. ‘A one-way system would ease the congestion by 100 per cent. But I’ve been here for 12 years and it’s been like that ever since I moved here.’

Mr Williams said he had undergone treatment for oesophageal cancer this year, which was part of why he wanted help with the petition.

He asked anyone who could help to call him on (023) 9261 4310.