Work set to start on Southsea no-car zone

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WORK starts on Monday on making the south end of Palmerston Road in Southsea a no-car zone.

Portsmouth City Council says the project is designed to create ‘a more welcoming environment’ for pedestrians.

The plan is to boost the economy of the area, and improve walking links between Southsea’s centre and the seafront.

The work includes raising the road and laying a more attractive surface, encouraging people to stroll and making the street more pleasant to customers.

Work should be finished by June.

Mike Hancock, Portsmouth South MP and the city council’s regeneration boss, said: ‘We’re committed to making sure Southsea thrives as a unique area for eating out and specialist shopping, and that visitors make the most of its location near the seafront.

‘We’re sorry if this work causes anyone inconvenience, and we thank everyone for their patience while it takes place.’

Cars will no longer be allowed from Osborne Road to the junction of Villiers Road.

Buses, cyclists and loading vehicles will still be allowed to use the road.

The 5, 19 and 700 buses will be diverted via Clarence Parade during the work.

The council’s highways contractor, Colas, will be working from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

No weekend work is planned.