Layout change will help drivers use former bus lane on major Portsmouth road

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WORK is set to be done to improve traffic flow into Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council plans to shorten the hatched-off area in Mile End Road to allow drivers to move over into the former bus lane more easily.

The authority hopes it will allow people more time to get into the right lane before approaching the roundabout.

Tory council leader Donna Jones ordered this year that that stretch of the bus lane be axed following concerns over congestion getting into the city centre and other areas.

Weather permitting, the work will be done overnight tonight through to tomorrow morning.

Alan Cufley, director of transport and environment, said: ‘Weather permitting, we will be shortening the hatched off area next to the former bus lane after Havisham Road on Friday.

The work will take place overnight to minimise disruption to traffic coming into the city. We have been evaluating how traffic is using this part of the network following previous changes and feel that this change is needed to allow drivers more time to get in the correct lanes before approaching the roundabout.’