THEY are major regeneration projects which have been years in the making.
Now Baroness Susan Kramer has celebrated the opening of Portsmouth’s new multi-million pound Northern Road Bridge and the city’s new park and ride.
The transport minister visited both sites yesterday, which have been redeveloped thanks to investment by Portsmouth City Council and the Department for Transport.
Baroness Kramer helped children from Medina Primary School bury a time capsule near the Cosham bridge before taking a tour of Tipner’s new park-and-ride facility and unveiling a plaque in the passenger building.
She also saw the new Tipner Interchange junction.
Baroness Kramer said: ‘It was lovely to go and see the Northern Road Bridge completed, partly because having looked at the pictures of the old road bridge – what a disaster, what a state of collapse that was in.
‘To see a new bridge that has replaced it, which is so attractive, is important because that reflects respect towards the community.’
The park and ride has been used by around 4,000 bus passengers since it opened last Saturday.
Baroness Kramer said: ‘It has been built in a sustainable way and that will take pressure off the council in terms of future maintenance.
‘It’s exciting to see the number of cars parked here already.’
Work on the bridge began in September 2012, and the foundations of the park and ride were laid in January last year.
Kathy Wadsworth, the council’s strategic director for regeneration, said: ‘It’s brilliant to see Baroness Kramer here.
‘It’s amazing to think that 18 months ago, we hadn’t even secured the funding we needed.’
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the city council, said: ‘This is a great example of the Department for Transport and the city council working together.’