Wightlink ‘Drop in’ meeting to update OP residents on progress of works at Gunwharf

Dear neighbour,
We are pleased to tell you that all is progressing well with the redevelopment of our Gunwharf car ferry terminal as part of our £45million investment in our lifeline link to the Isle of Wight.
While we are trying our best to complete the work with the minimum inconvenience to our neighbours and the community, we are sorry if we have caused you any problems over the last few weeks.
If you would like to know more about our project and talk to some of our senior managers, please come along to our next ‘drop in’ session in the Trant compound at our Gunwharf car ferry terminal in Portsmouth. It will be held Tuesday May 9 16:00-18:00.
It’s not a formal meeting with presentations – instead a chance for people to drop in when they can to ask questions of the senior managers.
Although we expect this consultation event to be of most interest to our Portsmouth neighbours, Isle of Wight people are equally welcome to come along. Please let me know if you would like to be at the meeting and we will send you a foot passenger ticket.
We hope to see you there.

Over recent weeks there have been increasing complaints by OP and Gunwharf residents about traffic problems with the Wightlink Gunwharf development.

Concerns raised include:

  1. Traffic queuing back to junction of St Georges Rd and Gunwharf Rd. The queue stops Gunwharf Quays residents getting home without them being blocked by other motorists who think they are queue jumping.
  2. Wightlink gives insufficient notice when they expect traffic disruption.
  3. Congestion stretching as far back as the roundabout at top of High Street (see photos) which increases the risk of gridlock spreading across the city. Early Bank Holiday weekend the congestion stretched along Cambridge Road and Museum Road.

Longer term concerns

  1. Portsmouth’s draft Air Quality strategy aims to reduce air pollution. Public Health England assesses that there are 95 early deaths each year in Portsmouth attributable to particulate air pollution (e.g. from diesel engines) More deaths can be assumed to result from other air pollutants. One of the city’s air pollution ‘hot spots’ is in Lord Montgomery Way (the gyratory by the university) where nitrous dioxide limits regularly exceed legal limits (40 micrograms per cubic metre). Extra traffic generated by the Wightlink expansion will increase air pollution. This was not addressed in Wightlink’s environmental assessment and was not challenged by PCC.
  2. FOOPA has pressed the point with PCC that Wightlink failed to produce analysis to match the ferry disembarking times with St. George’s Rd junction and PCC failed to provide rigorous scrutiny of the Wightlink plans. PCC has been unable to provide a technical rebuttal of FOOPA criticisms.