Major Portsmouth road to see safety measures brought in for cyclists and pedestrians 

A raised table junction in Stamford Street joining Fratton Road, Portsmouth.'Picture: Sarah Standing (180868-3432)
A raised table junction in Stamford Street joining Fratton Road, Portsmouth.'Picture: Sarah Standing (180868-3432)

SAFETY improvements to a busy Portsmouth road have been given the go-ahead, although some worry it is not enough.

At a traffic and transport meeting yesterday cabinet member Cllr Lynne Stagg approved the extension of cycle lanes and the building of raised tables on the A2047, which is made up of London Road, Kingston Road and Fratton Road.

It is hoped the changes will make the road safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

But opposition spokesperson, Tory Cllr Simon Bosher, believed the 14 new junction tables would cause confusion about right of way.

He said: 'I do think it's a good strategy. My concern are along the lines of the pavement and raised tables to a certain degree. You do get an element of confusion for pedestrians and car users as to whose right of way it is.

'You see a lot of it at the raised table outside Portsmouth and Southsea station. Pedestrians walk out and can get abusive towards drivers as they think it's a crossing point. Unless there's some clarity we are going to find there's a conflict between pedestrians and road users.

'You might find that the number of pedestrian collisions doesn't go down as a result.'

Portsmouth Cycle Forum chairman Ian Saunders, added: 'We ask that the cycle lanes be mandatory. Where other ones along that road are advisory cars still park there which forces cyclists out into the road.

'We would also suggest revising the colour of the tables to look like a pathway. This would make them an easy reference point to mark the change between the 30mph and 20mph roads.'

Pam Turton, the council's assistant director of transport, confirmed these additional changes were not possible and that mandatory cycle lanes would require a traffic regulation order (TRO).

But she added that changing the colour of the tables could happen in the future. 

The A2047 has the highest number of cycle casualties in the city

Data for the road (excluding Fratton roundabout and the London Road gyratory) showed that between 2015 and 2018 there were a total of 71 cycle and 31 pedestrian collisions,  25 of which were serious.