New road improves access to the city

The beginnings of the M275 in Portsmouth in September 1972
The beginnings of the M275 in Portsmouth in September 1972
Regulars at this Leigh Park night club completed a five-mile walk in fancy dress in 1985.

NOSTALGIA: Leigh Park clubbers’ sponsored walk

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Access to Portsmouth was dramatically improved in the early 1970s by the construction of the M275.

The foundations of the road, cutting through the south-western corner of Stamshaw, are clear in this photo taken in September 1972.

Buildings still line Commercial Road but were soon to be demolished as part of the scheme.

The Rudmore gasholder and park, which were located on the site of the former Portsea Island General Cemetery, have since become part of the ferry port.