'An accident waiting to happen' says Southsea residents as seafront roads remain closed till September

In Southsea large sections of seafront road are closed and will remain closed until September to the delight of cyclists and the dismay of some residents. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Since lockdown began, councils across the south have been under pressure to make walking and cycling easier so people don't have to use public transport.

In Southsea, large sections of seafront road are closed and will remain closed until September to the delight of cyclists and the dismay of some residents.

  • Report by ITV News Meridian's Richard Jones:

Two stretches of seafront road are closed to free up space on the promenade so walkers can safely distance on busy days.

That means traffic now has to use an alternative route and some residents say that is causing serious problems especially when the weather is fine.

Two stretches of seafront road are closed to free up space on the promenade so walkers can safely distance on busy days Credit: ITV News Meridian


The council has installed two new pedestrian crossings and unlocked a main car park, but seafront traders who've just been allowed to fully open for the first time say the closure is affecting their ability to get back some of the money they have lost.

  • David Moore, Seafront Trader:

Cyclists have welcomed the closure, but they say the long-term solution is to reduce the amount of traffic on the seafront.

  • Ian Saunders, Portsmouth Cycle Forum:

Closing roads costs money because the council now can't charge for parking in spaces.

If used to capacity, areas of tarmac would have generated £1,500 in the four months of closure. If you multiply that by the hundreds of spaces along the front, that is a huge cost to the council.

  • Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Council Leader, Lib Dem:

The council can't say when in September the roads will open again but it insists public opinion is against any moves to make the closures permanent.