Traffic hits Portsmouth city centre as rain strikes

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SLOW-moving traffic is causing widespread disruption in Portsmouth city centre this afternoon.

An unusual number of cars are using the city’s roads in the run-up to Christmas.

The congestion is causing a number of issues on the main routes into the city.

However, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth City Council said there’s ‘nothing out of the ordinary’ taking place on the road.

She believed the spike in congestion could be due to a boost in the number of Christmas shoppers heading into Portsmouth and the poor weather encouraging more people to drive to the city.

Pam Turton, Portsmouth City Council’s assistant director for transport, added: ‘Early Christmas sales and the start of the school holidays means lots of people driving into the city.

‘Think about using park and ride to beat the queues, a special Christmas evening service runs until 9.15pm from the Hard and 9.20pm from the city centre until Wednesday, December 23.’