PART of a busy Southsea street is to be reopened to traffic next month.
The southern end of Palmerston Road will open for 12 months as a city council experiment to see how well it works as a one-way system for northbound traffic.
The road will be narrowed slightly to deter vehicles from speeding and parking spaces will be created between the existing granite planters to allow short-stay parking during the day, a taxi rank in the evenings and loading spaces for deliveries to businesses.
The decision to reopen the road was made by Councillor Ken Ellcome, following ‘extensive feedback’ over the pedestrianisation of Palmerston Road last year.
Cllr Donna Jones, city council leader, said: ‘It is fantastic news that this work is getting under way. Palmerston Road has had various issues in recent months but this experimental scheme will give us a good opportunity to look at how we can best make it work for everyone, including businesses that have been affected by a drop in trade.’
Cllr Linda Symes, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport and St Jude ward councillor said: ‘The council will be consulting residents and businesses in the area to assess how it is working, details on how to get involved in this will be publicised nearer the time.
‘The improvements will add to the ambience of the area, a place where you can dine out on food from many countries and visit niche retailers.