Changes to ‘dangerous’ Portsmouth road could improve safety after more than 100 collisions 

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CHANGES to a major Portsmouth road could improve safety, following 25 serious collisions along the route in the past five years.

At a meeting on Thursday, December 13 Portsmouth City Council’s head of transport, Cllr Lynne Stagg, will decide whether to implement raised road tables at 14 junctions and extend cycle lanes along the A2047.

A raised table junction in Stamford Street joining Fratton Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (180868-3432)

A raised table junction in Stamford Street joining Fratton Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (180868-3432)

The route, made up of London Road, Fratton Road and Kingston Road, has the highest number of cycle casualties than anywhere else in the city.

These proposals come after data for the A2047 (excluding Fratton roundabout and the London Road gyratory) showed there were a total of 71 cycle and 31 pedestrian collisions,  25 of which were serious.

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Raised tables were previously installed along the road in 2017 at 12 junctions including at Powerscourt Road, Chichester Road and Lucknow Street.

In the scheme’s report the council’s director of regeneration, Tristan Samuels, said: ‘This design proved successful, casualties have reduced at the treated sites, however the route has multiple casualty clusters at sites yet to be improved and remains the highest casualty cycle route in Portsmouth.’

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The chair of the Portsmouth Cycle Forum, Ian Saunders, approved of the potential changes. ‘We welcome anything that gives more space for cyclists and makes their journeys safer in what is a highly problematic route for both them and pedestrians,’ he said.

‘However, we would like to see these ideas developed further to give cyclists and pedestrians more priority. Changing the colour of the raised tables is one way to do this as a visual warning to drivers. Some kind of barrier between the road and cycle lanes like the ones they have in London could also be good.’

During October and November this year a consultation of households in the area showed 77 per cent were in favour of the traffic calming measures and 23 per cent were not.

One resident supported the proposals and commented: ‘Traffic calming measures are always welcome. Too much consideration is given to car drivers. Measures should also be taken to keep cyclists off the footpaths – as big a potential danger to pedestrians as motor vehicles.’

However, another felt there were better ways to improve road safety. They said: ‘In general, these “raised areas” are detrimental to cars. A 20mph speed limit would be better with a camera enforcement stating £100 fine and four points on licence, not just in Church Road but throughout the city. Raised areas do not generate revenue – cameras do.’

Costs of adapting the roads will come from a £250,000 capital budget allocated for the city’s ‘central corridor’.

Junctions on the A2047 that would be affected if the plans are approved:

Battenburg Avenue
Beechwood Road
Chapel Street
Church Road
Clive Road
Cornwall Road
Hanway Road
Kirby Road
Merrivale Road
Northwood Road
Oakwood Road
Selbourne Terrace
Somers Road
Stirling Street