New signposts will help residents and visitors get around the city

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A NEW signposting system is being introduced to help people navigate around Portsmouth.

The city council is building posts that will make it easier for people to explore key city centre destinations by foot.

The initiative – called Wayfinding – uses totem style maps and finger posts to display the main city centre areas and tourist attractions. The project was launched after the city council spoke to residents and visitors, asking their opinions on existing signage and to give feedback on the proposed designs.

After speaking to more than 300 people, the main issues to emerge were that people who work, live and study in Portsmouth don’t know the city very well.

It was also suggested current signage in the city is broken and inconsistent.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for transport and environment said: ‘The Wayfinding project will provide good quality, modern signage linking Gunwharf Quays, the city centre and Southsea, making it easier for people to find their way around the area.

‘Visitors will be encouraged to explore the town centre and discover more of the attractions Portsmouth has to offer, therefore helping to boost the local economy by increasing footfall for businesses.’

The 61 totem maps and 23 finger posts will all be installed by autumn.