Fratton Road was once described as ‘one of the narrowest and most congested arteries in the city’ and it was widened in 1929.
But the junction at Fratton Bridge, where the road crosses the railway line, has always been one of the biggest bottlenecks in Portsmouth.
Readers will clearly remember the building on the right – the offices of the London and Manchester Assurance Company which dominated the junction.
This insurance company and bank in 1970 looking south towards Fawcett Road, were demolished to make way for the Fratton Bridge roundabout that we know today.
We see the bridge in 1972 when the congestion was so great that the Crystal Palace pub and hotel were cleared for road widening
· Pictures courtesy of John Sadden’s book Portsmouth Through Time. (Amberley Publishing)