D-Day 75: Portsmouth residents warned against driving in the city due to D-Day 75 ceremony

RESIDENTS are being warned against using their cars to drive into the city on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Wednesday, 5th June 2019, 8:20 am
Vehicles that have not been removed from the restricted parking areas around Southsea Common in time are towed away by vehicle recovery specialists. Photographs taken on Western Parade, Southsea. Picture: Morten Watkins/Solent News & Photo Agency

Portsmouth City Council are advising that people to walk, cycle, use public transport or take advantage of the free event park-and-ride at King George V playing fields in Cosham.

An influx of visitors to the city is expected on Wednesday, with estimations of up to 60,000, as Portsmouth hosts the national commemorative event on Southsea Common. 

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Vehicles that have not been removed from the restricted parking areas around Southsea Common in time are towed away by vehicle recovery specialists. Photographs taken on Western Parade, Southsea. Picture: Morten Watkins/Solent News & Photo Agency

The event, organised by the MoD on behalf of the government, will see veterans and heads of state attend a ceremony commemorating the events of June 1944.

Workers across the city are being encouraged not to drive into the city on the day and if possible to work from other locations.

Families are also being encouraged to walk, bike or scoot to school to avoid using the car.

Preparations for the D-Day commemorations are well underway on Southsea Common. Picture: (210519-9778)

Visitors to the city are also being advised to use public transport or the event park-and-ride, which will be signed from the M27.

Security barriers have been put in place and there will be road closures in the south of the city from 4 June to 5 June. Other roads will not be closed but some will have parking restrictions.

Before drivers leave their cars, they are being urged to check signs to make sure parking is still allowed.