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CALLS to remove buses from a Southsea pedestrian zone have been backed by Mike Hancock.

The MP for Portsmouth South – and cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development – has thrown his support behind business owners calling for changes to Palmerston Road.

A number of traders and residents have criticised the decision to allow buses to continue to use the partly-pedestrianised road, claiming it is dangerous and confusing for pedestrians and other motorists.

Mr Hancock said: ‘I am really pleased that we were able to implement this scheme to boost shopping and businesses in the area.

‘When I have been down there I have been really impressed at how smart it looks. And there are still the finishing touches such as flower beds to be put in.

‘Looking at taking buses out at the start would have delayed this project by many years. However I have asked council officers to investigate the issues and work with the bus companies to see what the impact would be on them.’