Plans for Portsmouth’s road network

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A NEW road scheme could divert city centre traffic along the dockyard walls in a bid to ease congestion.

Portsmouth City Council’s Local Plan, a document which sets out development aims for the city up to 2027, includes a new road system between Mile End Road, Lake Road and Alfred Road.

Our map above shows the Trafalgar Link Road, currently under construction, in yellow, and the council’s latest plans in red. The plan would see a new road, parallel to the Trafalgar Gate link, built from Mile End Road to Flathouse Road. Flathouse Road (marked on our map ‘improved highway in and out of the city’) would be widened to carry traffic along the dockyard wall, connecting with Market Way and continuing to Alfred Road.

The council’s head of planning, John Slater, said: ‘Our last plan included the Trafalgar Gate link road to carry dock traffic away from other city vehicles

‘It will also make it easier for pedestrians to travel between Commercial Road and Victory Retail Park and Sainsbury’s.’

The east and western carriageways of Mile End Road, marked ‘public/local transport priority route’, would each be one-way, for traffic heading to Lake Road and into Buckland.

And a public transport route would be built, parallel to Market Way, linking Lake Road to Hope Street, crossing Clarence Street.