Residents angry over Portsmouth park and ride priority and roundabout changes

The ''Portsmouth Park and Ride terminus at Tipner.
The ''Portsmouth Park and Ride terminus at Tipner.
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TEMPERS flared and one woman said she is going to sell up and move as drivers vented their anger at the city council over a roundabout.

Last night’s Stamshaw and Tipner Neighbourhood Forum heard from people who were angry at changes that were carried out months ago to Rudmore roundabout.

Residents were also angry that the area near the park and ride was untidy.

A resident of Buckland, Portsmouth, said the meeting she had bought her house for a quick commute to Fareham.

She said: ‘I’m going to have to move house.

‘I bought the house because of the easy access. If you can’t change anything, I’m going.

‘It’s easier to get on to the motorway from Southsea than it is from here.’

She said her 10 or 15-minute wait on the roundabout is now often more than 20 minutes.

The layout was changed earlier this year by Portsmouth City Council.

Traffic bosses aimed to balance out traffic problems but drivers at the meeting were still furious that buses get a dedicated lane.

Simon Brownlie, Portsmouth City Council’s traffic and network manager told the meeting: ‘There’s nothing else we can do.’

But he did agree to take a look at doing a video survey of the roundabout.

He warned that if nothing had been done to tackle the traffic it could have become worse.

‘That queue in 10 years time would be back to the M27,’ he said

‘I’ve got no magic wand, I’ve got no room in Portsmouth.’

The forum also heard that a temporary access road for work at Tipner is still not going anywhere with plans at a stalemate.

John Cass, chairman of the forum, had wanted the shortcut from the M275 to Tipner built to take works traffic off Twyford Avenue.

The meeting heard that developers are willing to pay for the road but there is a dispute over who pays for information for a planning application for the road.

Tipner Regeneration Company director Steve New, said: ‘We’re saying we will pay for the construction of the road but the council pay for the information.’

He added the firm, which owns the eastern side where houses are being built, does not need the road.

The next meeting is at the Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre, in Wilson Road on November 12.