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D-D Commemoration Road Closures

Published: 24th May 2019 15:11

Roads will be affected in the run up to and the day of the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth.

Some roads will be closed off completely using security barriers (hard road closures). These are designed to stop any vehicles from getting close to the event site including vehicles belonging to people living and working in the area.

This means there will be no vehicle access to roads with hard road closures for residents or businesses after 8am on Tuesday 4 June, unless prior arrangements have been made with Hampshire Constabulary or there is an emergency. Access will be in place for the emergency services throughout. The roads will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Roads affected by hard closures are:

  • Pier Road
  • Gordon Road
  • Pembroke Road at the very eastern end
  • Western Parade
  • Duisburg Way
  • Clarence Parade west of Palmerston Rd
  • Avenue de Caen
  • Auckland Road West between Clarence Parade and the Apsley House
  • Clarence Esplanade
  • Jack Cockerill Way
  • The Dell

Roads will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so on Wednesday 5 June, but closures could be in place for the whole day.

The barriers will be installed across 28th - 30th May and then taken down between 10th and 13th June.

The barriers will only be used from 8am on 4 June until it is safe to remove them after the event on 5 June.

Drop-off points

There will be designated drop-off points for taxis and other vehicles in Southsea Terrace. Vehicles will not be able to access the seafront using side roads, as side roads will have soft road closures in place.

Anyone who is less able to walk and might have difficulty walking from the drop-off point to their home should call the council helpline on 023 9268 8020.

Accessibility

If you have accessibility issues, and you need additional support, please call the council helpline on 023 9268 8020.


There will also be some soft road closures, which are designed to restrict access to the seafront. These will come into place at 7am on Wednesday 5 June. Residents and businesses in roads affected by soft road closures will still be able to gain access and park, but they will have to go through a security checkpoint and may only have access from one end of the road.
 

Roads with soft closures are:

  • Nightingale Road
  • Shaftesbury Road
  • Ashburton Road
  • Elphinstone Road
  • Serpentine Road
  • Osborne Road
  • Netley Road
  • Auckland Road West between Palmerston Road and the Apsley House

Parking restrictions

 

You won't be able to park on roads with hard closures. and the council remove parked cars that are left along the roads after 8am on Tuesday 4 June.

This means if you usually park somewhere that will have a hard road closure in place, you will need to find an alternative location to park during this time.

The following car parks are within the hard road closure area and will close at 00:01am on Monday 3 June:

  • Clarence Pier
  • Seafront, The Esplanade
  • D-Day Story Museum
  • Southsea Common
  • Pyramids

In addition Canoe Lake car park will be closed from 00:01 on 5 June.

The council has to remove all cars that are left in these car parks once they are closed. Car parks will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so on Wednesday 5 June, but they could be in place for the whole day.

Alternative parking

 
The council are giving vehicles with permits for the area the ability to park in other areas free of charge during the disruption.

All the road closures are within the KC residents' parking zone. Anyone with a KC zone permit can park for free in any council pay-and-display car park or pay-and-display spaces on roads, other than areas where parking is suspended and the Museum Road coach bays.

The council are also offering this to people with a permit for Clarence Pier car park or the Seafront The Esplanade car park as they will be closed.

This free parking will be available from midday Friday 31 May until midday Thursday 6 June, by which time the roads will all be open again.

The additional permit parking is for pay-and-display spaces only, it does not allow parking in other resident parking zones.

Access to other areas

Closure of Southsea Common and the seafront

Significant areas of Southsea Common and the seafront will be closed in preparation for and during the national commemorative event. The closures will be added gradually as we get closer to the event. We want to keep as much of the area open as normal for as long as possible, as we know local people use the seafront and the common every day.

Event site construction and security

We will keep as much of the common open to everyone for as long as possible. Construction for the event site for the national commemorative event started on Monday 20 May. There will be gaps in fencing to maintain access for the public and other areas of the common and seafront will not be affected.

For the national commemoration event on 5 June, enhanced security measures will be in place. A perimeter fence will prevent access to the common and the seafront within the site.

The enhanced security restrictions will be put in place at some point after the hard road closures come into place on 4 June.

From this point, there will be no access to Southsea Common or the seafront for vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists, within the site perimeter.

  • The Pyramids will be closed Tuesday 4 June and Wednesday 5 June.
  • Southsea Castle will be closed on Wednesday 5 June.
  • The D-Day Story will be closed on Wednesday 5 June.

Businesses

Police have spoken to businesses in the area and following this some have chosen to change their opening times. For individual arrangements please check with the relevant businesses. 

Parking and public transport

Car parks

The following car parks are within the hard road closure area and will close at 00:01am on Monday 3 June:

  • Clarence Pier
  • Seafront, The Esplanade
  • D-Day Story Museum
  • Southsea Common
  • Pyramids

In addition Canoe Lake car park will be closed from 00:01 on 5 June.

the council will remove all cars that are left in these car parks once they are closed.

Car parks will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so on Wednesday 5 June, but they could be in place for the whole day.

On-street parking

All on-street parking, including pay and display, will be available as normal until road closures are in place.

Hovertravel

The Hovertravel terminal on the seafront will remain open throughout. There will be changes to services on 5 June, please check with Hovertravel for the latest information.

The car park opposite the terminal will be closed from 00:01 on Monday 3 June. The council has to remove all cars that are left in these car parks once they are closed.

Car parks will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so on Wednesday 5 June, but people should be prepared that they could be in place for the whole day.

From once the enhanced security measures are in place passengers will need to access the Hover Travel terminal by walking through Clarence Pier and along Long Curtain Moat into Old Portsmouth, as Southsea Common will be closed to pedestrians.

Buses

Buses will run as normal until road closures come into place.

Please check with operators for alternative arrangements while roads are closed.

National Express

National Express coaches will continue to drop off and pick up from Clarence Pier until road closures come into place. Please check with National Express for alternative arrangements while roads are closed.

More information here.

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