That was a good day! My 17-minute Portsmouth commute

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DRIVERS faced the usual commute to work through Portsmouth this morning as concerns over traffic congestion grows.

As Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt revealed she has come up with an action plan to resolve gridlock on city roads - and said she would lobby for government money to make it happen - I charted my routine journey to work this morning to see how bad the problem was for me as a driver today.

8.38am - Leave Fratton for The News’ headquarters at 1000 Lakeside North Harbour

8.49am - After enjoying a clear run down St Mary’s Road and up Milton Road after going around the roundabout, I make the first stop at the traffic lights near the Star and Garter pub on Copnor Road.

Only two work vans in front of me, which is unusual for this time of day as the road is normally jammed with traffic with drivers dropping children off to school and travelling north to workplaces.

8.53am - Traffic starts to build driving past the Coach and Horses pub en route to the junction opposite the former News Centre in Hilsea

8.54am - Caught up in queues at Hilsea roundabout, which is nothing unusual, and this stretch of the journey is made more difficult by cars realising they’re in the wrong lanes and making last minute manoeuvres and having to wait for a gap to get onto the roundabout itself

8.55am - Suprisingly this morning it was a smooth run around Hilsea roundabout and on Western Road and I successfully manage to arrive at Lakeside on time.

*How good or bad was your morning journey today? Comment on this story or at The News’ Facebook page