Portsmouth’s park and ride buses ready for service

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Transport bosses today showed off Portsmouth’s new park and ride bus service.

The service will begin running on Saturday and the new motorway junction on the M275 at Tipner will be opened tomorrow evening between 9pm and 11pm.

Portsmouth's new park and ride buses

Portsmouth's new park and ride buses

The Tipner area has been largely derelict for many years, but work began in January of last year to transform the area, with the Department of Transport awarding £19.5m to project and £8.5m spent by the city council.

The council says the park and ride will provide transport to cater to the increasing number of visitors generated by a redeveloped city centre and seafront.

There will be more than 650 parking spaces available with the terminal building offering real-time bus departure information, visitor information and toilets with baby changing facilities.

The council adds that new bus lanes into the city centre means that customers can be assured the buses will beat any traffic queues.

The city centre will be one of the main areas served, with buses every 12 minutes.

The introductory price is £2 per day, and there are discounted prices on weekly, monthly and annual passes which will last up until June 29.

First Bus has been selected to run the service.

At the same time the Tipner junction opens, bollards will be put in place on Tipner Lane opposite the entrance to Range Green, to prevent motorway traffic driving into residential areas.

Once the junction is open, any vehicles travelling to the park-and-ride or the land west of the M275 will have to use the motorway.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue using Tipner Lane on new foot and cycle paths.

Mopeds will need to be walked through the short area the bollards are in before reaching the road on the other side.

The project also includes the addition of a bus priority lane on the M275, heading south from Tipner, which the council says will beat the traffic queues.