Portsmouth City Council will start work on a brand new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists on Fawcett Road this month.
Known as a 'tiger crossing', it works like a zebra crossing, but has a dedicated lane for cyclists to cross. This means cyclists get the same priority as pedestrians on the zebra crossing. Located at the junction of Goldsmith Avenue and Fawcett Road, this will be the first ever tiger crossing in Portsmouth.
Work will begin on Monday 18 February, and will last up to eight weeks. From Monday 18 to Friday 22 February Fawcett Road, between Fratton Roundabout and Orchard Road, will be closed to all traffic with a signed diversion in place. Lane closures will be in place after the road closure is lifted on 22 February until the end of the project.
The new crossing aims to encourage cyclists to use the cycle path, instead of cycling round Fratton roundabout.
Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said. "This area of Portsmouth is a priority for cycling improvements as it is a high casualty area and close to a school. Improvements to the roundabout and the crossing point will allow cyclists to travel safely round this busy roundabout.
We have planned the work to start during half term, when Priory School will be closed and fewer cars are on the road. This will minimise disruption, however we are expecting delays so are encouraging motorists to use alternative routes."
In October the council consulted with a number of local organisations on the design of the scheme. Stakeholders included the emergency services, local bus operators and Portsmouth Cycle Forum.
Ian Saunders, Chair of Portsmouth Cycle Forum, said: "Portsmouth Cycle Forum welcomes the addition of the first tiger crossing for cyclists in Portsmouth. In order to persuade more people to switch their mode of transport within the city - which is desperately needed to reduce congestion and increase air quality - it is necessary to install specific infrastructure that improves safety for those who choose two wheels.
We look forward to studying how the addition of an upgraded and more formal crossing space is used, and if successful look forward to working further with the council to identify more locations where tiger crossings would be of benefit of those who choose an active travel option."
In addition to the new crossing, speed reduction measures will be put in place on Fratton roundabout to further improve safety.