A MULTIMILLION-POUND project to improve The Hard terminal in Portsmouth will begin in the autumn.
Construction of the Portsmouth City Council project, which will cost about £7m, will be carried out by contractor Osborne.
We’re taking the first steps towards making this area the gateway entrance to Portsmouth the city deservesCouncillor Ken Ellcome
The firm was appointed following the company’s completion of another Portsmouth project, the Northern Road bridge replacement in Cosham.
Osborne is already working at The Hard for Network Rail-South West Trains Alliance, and this will mean both sets of work can be co-ordinated to reduce disruption.
Councillor Ken Ellcome, the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘It’s great news that we will be starting work on The Hard interchange in autumn.
‘We’re taking the first steps towards making this area the gateway entrance to Portsmouth the city deserves.
‘The council and Osborne worked well with the community to minimise disruption on Northern Road bridge and I’m confident this project will be just as successful.’
Ahead of the main construction project starting, a one-way system will be introduced to keep traffic flowing during the work.
This will mean from the evening of Monday, August 17, vehicles coming to The Hard from Queen Street will have to travel along Wickham Street.
Following this, part of the interchange site will close on Tuesday, September 1, with bus stops moving on to the road at The Hard, while the taxi rank will be moved next to the arches by the Gunwharf Quays pedestrian entrance and tourist coaches will use Queen Street to pick up and drop off.
Creating a new transport interchange is the first step in a vision to regenerate the area around The Hard.
The council said the new interchange will better link buses, trains and ferries, make the site easier to navigate and enable pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to share the space more safely.
For more, search ‘The Hard’ at portsmouth.gov.uk.